Longtime Plymouth State staffer Betsy Cheney has been named the Distinguished Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) staff member for 2004.
In making the announcement May 7, Speaker-elect of the PAT Senate (and a fomer Distinguished PAT) Deb Tobine said, “The recipient is an individual…involved in campus committees and activities, is active in professional organizations and continues ongoing professional development, cooperates with interdepartmental projects to enhance Plymouth State University, possesses a comprehensive knowledge of his/her own office and demonstrates resourcefulness, performing all the above with respect and value for all individuals.”
Cheney, who came to Plymouth State in 1973, received her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Plymouth State in 1989, and her M.Ed. in 1999.
She began her career in the Public Relations office and from there moved on to the College Union as administrative assistant to the director. Next she moved to the office of Financial Management, then to the Development office where she worked as fundraising assistant, then Director of Fundraising, before returning to Public Relations where she currently serves.
In 1995 she received the Alumni Achievement Award, and she holds certificates in strategic marketing and media relations, feature writing for campus publications, and institutional fundraising.
In the words of one nominating individual, “She is truly integrated into the community, and in my opinion, she demonstrates the best of what Plymouth State has to offer: commitment, warmth, passion, a sense of justice, and an incredible work ethic. …”
Cheney is known throughout the campus community as an energetic advocate of PSU. She has long been extensively involved in PAT governance, serving on the Welfare Committee, as senate recorder, and for a second time as the PAT representative to the University System Personnel Policy Council (SPPC). Among her many activities on behalf of the University, she served a leadership role in the employee fundraising campaign for the Silver Cultural Arts Center, she is a member of the Task Force Against Homophobia, and was a tireless advocate for domestic partnership benefits and for expanding the concept of diversity.
On being honored by her colleagues, Cheney said, “I’ve worked with four presidents and I’ve been mentored by some truly legendary Plymouth State people. But it is my work on a daily basis with PATs, this group of dynamic, talented, dedicated and diverse individuals, to make the PSU experience the best it can possibly be for our students, that gives me the greatest pride. …So while each year only one of us is recognized, all PATs share in the specialness of the award, especially the other nominees. Because we do the job together, and we do it well.”