Mary Washburn Receives PSU 2012 Distinguished Operating Staff Award

May 9th, 2012 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H. – A devoted and popular employee described as ‘a person that gets things done with an upbeat attitude and a smile,’ was named the 2012 PSU Distinguished Operating Staff Award recipientat at a May 9 ceremony. Mary Washburn was chosen from a field of seven semi-finalists for the annual award, which was presented by PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, who said Washburn is a well-respected employee who received glowing recommendations.

“This is an absolutely wonderful award,” Steen said. “Mary has been an extraordinary leader; she’s also been the kind of person that does everything above and beyond what is called for. She makes sure the team really functions as a team.”

Washburn, a Boston, Mass., native, is the administrative assistant in the Psychology department; she began working at PSU 13 years ago. In their nomination letters, her co-workers describe Washburn as, “an enthusiastic, lively and compassionate person who brings joy and warmth to every corner of the floor.” Washburn said she was stunned when she was announced as the winner of this year’s Distinguished Operating Staff award.

“It was total disbelief,” said Washburn. “It’s quite an honor; I have been to every one of these award ceremonies since I worked here and every person that’s received it has been just phenomenal, so I’m very honored.”

Washburn, a Campton resident, is the mother of two adult children. She will retire from Plymouth State on May 31 and will relocate to North Carolina.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or

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