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Claflin University Rewards Visionary Excellence of Faculty and Staff

May 17, 2012

In one way or another, Edith Frederick has spent a majority of her life on the campus of Claflin University.  During the 18th Annual Rewards and Recognition Luncheon for faculty and staff, Ms. Frederick was honored for 42 years of service to the University.  She is now retired.

Up until eighth grade, Frederick attended elementary school at Claflin.  Her grandfather, the late Mr. Hirm Eugene Frederick, was the superintendent of building and grounds at that time. 

Frederick later returned to Claflin to receive a college education.  In 1947, she graduated with a degree in social sciences, her favorite subject. 

Reflecting on her time as a student at Claflin, she said the church services and watching her uncles, James and Francis, play football provided lasting memories.

For more than two decades, she taught social studies in the public schools system of Orangeburg, Florence and Berkley Counties.  Fate brought her back to Claflin once again to work as a librarian in the Hubert V. Manning Library in 1969. 

She is amazed at how much the campus where she grew up has changed over the past decades.

“The campus has expanded.  And Orangeburg has grown, too,” she said.

President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale presented Frederick with a special plaque to recognize her decades of service.  He commended Frederick for her loyal devotion to the University.

“Ms. Frederick has witnessed firsthand the remarkable transformation at Claflin University.  From her time as a student to working at the library, Ms. Frederick is a prime example of the dedication our leal and loyal sons and daughters have for the institution,” Tisdale said.  “Her long standing commitment to Claflin is to be admired and celebrated.”

Library Director Marilyn Gibbs called Frederick a true team player and ambassador for the University. 

“She is always willing to give to someone in need,” she said.

During the Luncheon that was held on May 9, awards and recognitions were given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership at the University and those who have served the institution for at least five years.  Also acknowledged were faculty and staff who have been conferred with academic degrees during the past year.

“Thank you for a job well done.  We’re looking forward to the future” Tisdale said.

List of Faculty and Staff Honored at the 18th Annual Rewards and Recognition Luncheon

Administrative Employee of the Year

Shirley Biggs, Senior Director of Human Resources

Professional Employee of the Year

Dr. Kumkum Singh, Academic Computing Coordinator

Administrative Support Employee of the Year

Jeanetta Williams, Administrative Assistant

Customer Service Award

Shirley Biggs, Senior Director of Human Resources 

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