Hodges University Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Employee Recognition Ceremony

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Hodges University celebrated its 25th Anniversary in December with a holiday party and employee recognition ceremony. Dr. David Borofsky, Hodges University president, presented many honors, awards, and recognitions including service awards to employees ranging from 10 to 25 years at the university and partnership pins presented to long-time supporters of the institution. Some of the greatest honors of the evening included the naming of Professor Emeritus as well as Professor of the Year and Employee of the Year awards.

Dr. Karen Locklear was named Professor Emeritus. Locklear, who retired in April, began her career at Hodges University as an assistant professor in 2003 and subsequently served as associate professor, program director, professor and chair. She was serving as dean of the Nichols School of Professional Studies when she retired.

The Professor of the Year award was presented to Dr. Donald Forrer. A Johnson School of Business faculty member, Forrer has been with the university for 15 years and has built a great reputation for his dedication and loyal service. He built the first online department, implemented the Blackboard learning management system, put together the master’s in public administration (MPA) program on campus, as well as strengthened the master’s in business administration (MBA) program and chaired it for several years. He is well respected by his students and has published many journal papers with Hodges graduate students. Forrer has presented at several local and international platforms, and most recently was the keynote speaker at the Clute Institute International Business Conference in London, England. This past summer, Don redeveloped the MPA Program into a self-paced delivery format. Today, he is involved with the Strategic Planning Committee, The Hispanic Institute as well as other committees within the Johnson School of Business and the university. ‘Don is an incredible and valuable asset to the Johnson School of Business and Hodges University’ commented Borofsky. ‘When the university was in the process of strategic planning, Don did not hesitate to take the responsibility and assisted the president in facilitating the daylong planning event.’

The Employee of the Year award was presented to David Sanchez, maintenance supervisor at the university’s Naples campus. Sanchez is known among his peers for his high level of commitment, dedication and reliability. The community and guests of the university have seen him on campus ensuring events run smoothly and are successful, and can recognize him by his contagious smile and positive attitude. ‘He has been a great team member with endless patience’, commented Borofsky. ‘Although I know that he does not have enough time in the day, he puts a smile on his face and gets things done. He finds solutions to our problems.’

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