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Charles S. 'Stanley' Williams receives 2012 President's Award for Excellence


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BLACKSBURG, Va., April 30, 2012 – Charles S. “Stanley” Williams, maintenance supervisor of the Virginia Tech power plant, has received the university's 2012 President's Award for Excellence.

The President's Award for Excellence is presented annually to up to five Virginia Tech staff employees who have made extraordinary contributions by consistent excellence in the performance of their job or a single incident, contribution, or heroic act. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize.

Williams’ service to the university has spanned 29 years, 26 of them as manager. During that time, he has directed maintenance and repair activities to keep the steam plant not only operating, but also performing at its peak efficiency to ensure the most cost-effective delivery of thermal energy to the university.

“Stanley consistently performs his duties with the highest level of integrity and dependability, often under difficult circumstances,” said John Beach, director of utilities and strategic initiatives for facilities services. “

An example of his high level of dedication occurred last winter when the plant experienced a major steam leak in a primary steam line. Even after just completing a 10-hour shift, Williams promptly reported to the initial call and went above and beyond to ensure his employees’ safety and to coordinate the required materials and steps for repairs.

“As a result of his extraordinary efforts, the repairs were completed with no noticeable lack of service to the campus,” said Byron Nichols, associate director of utility systems.

In his nomination packet, Williams was cited as consistently performing his duties with distinction and attention to needed safety details. He was recently recognized by his peers as “Facilities Services Employee of the Year.”

“While the service Stanley offers in his position is normally not noticed by others on campus, his role in the maintenance of the steam plant is critical to ensuring that academic activities can continue without interruption,” Nichols said.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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