Brenda Gleich Receives PSU Distinguished Operating Staff Award

May 6th, 2011 by Adam

A dedicated employee described as ‘the glue that holds her department together’ was named the 2011 PSU Distinguished Operating Staff Award recipient at a May 11 ceremony.

Brenda Gleich accepts OS Distinguished Employee of the Year Award from PSU President Sara Jayne Steen
Brenda Gleich was honored as the 2011 Plymouth State University Distinguished Operating Staff Award recipient at a May 11 ceremony. Left to right, Jim Gleich, Patrick Gleich, Grace Gleich, Brenda Gleich and PSU President Sara Jayne Steen.

Brenda (Couturier) Gleich of the Education Department was chosen from a field of six semi-finalists for the annual award, which was presented by PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, who read some of the nomination remarks about Gleich’s value to the institution.

“She is the heart and soul of the department,” Steen said. ‘She is one of the unsung heroes of this campus…she does outstanding work every day.”

Gleich, a Whitefield, N.H. native, is an administrative assistant in the Education department; she began working as a supplemental staff member in PSU Graduate Studies in 1996 after graduating from Trinity College (Burlington, Vt.). A year later, she moved to the Registrar’s Office and in 2000, Brenda started in the Education Department and eventually earned a Master’s in Education, Human Relations Counseling, while working full-time. Her co-workers describe her as someone who “regularly goes beyond the level of expectation and she goes out of her way to serve our faculty and students.” Gleich credits her co-workers for her success at PSU.

“Plymouth is my extended family,” said Gleich. “They’re always here for me, they’re very supportive and I don’t know what I would do without them. I’ve gone through some hard times and everyone has always been there for me. I’m just so appreciative of the people here. I believe everyone is distinguished – not just me, and I couldn’t do my job without their help.”

Brenda and husband Jim Gleich live in Thornton with their two children, Patrick and Grace.

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