Our Staff

Throughout Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, our talented and diverse staff is committed to helping leadership and faculty create, support and maintain an enriching environment for higher education. Our teams work within our administrative units, as well as across our three academic divisions — Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

Staff Awards

In 2017, then Dean Valerie Ashby established the Dean's Pillar of Excellence Awards to encourage excellence, celebrate staff accomplishments and recognize the valuable contributions of our staff. These annual awards are presented to non-teaching staff making significant contributions to the excellence of the school through their commitment to service, initiative, outstanding leadership, increased efficiency, enthusiasm, collaboration, mentoring and diversity.

Nominations are made by students, staff and faculty each spring, with the dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences selecting the winners in consultation with a committee of staff members. All non-teaching staff with at least one year of service are eligible, and the recognition comes with a $1,000 honorarium.

2024 Recipients

Craig Kolman, Dorian McMillan, Gary G. Bennett, Jennifer Valentyn
2024 Award Winners: Craig Kolman (History), Dorian McMillan (Biology) and Jennifer Valentyn (Economics), pictured with Dean Gary Bennett


Past Winners

2023 Dean's Award Winners with Dean Gary Bennett
2023 Award Winners: Terry Wilkerson (Academic Affairs), Christina Conti Gooden (Chemistry), Dean Gary Bennett, Nikki Scott (Statistical Science) and Julia Pleasants (Romance Studies).
Dean Valerie Ashby stands in the middle of four Dean’s Pillar of Excellence Award winners
2022 Award Winners: Jessica Ellington (Sociology), Lynn Joyner (Trinity Facilities), Dean Valerie Ashby, Darlene McCain (Physics) and Randy Smith (Biology).
2021 Award Winners: (left to right) Catherine Beaver (English), Ruth Eckles (Service-Learning), Stella Powell-Williams (Psychology & Neuroscience), and Courtney Reid-Eaton (Documentary Studies).


Dean Award winners 2019
Two 2019 award winners: Stacey Meyers (left) from Philosophy and Marion Monson (center) from Art, Art History & Visual Studies — are pictured with Dean Valerie Ashby (far right), 2018 winner Lisa Jones (beside Ashby) and HR manager Erica Green (second from left). Not pictured are 2019 winners Renate Houts from Psychology & Neuroscience and William "Joe" Shamblin from Computer Science.


Dean Award winners 2018
2018 Award Winners: (left to right) - Lisa Jones (Evolutionary Anthropology), Janet Rosenthal (Chemistry), Dean Valerie Ashby, Jill Wuenschel (Classics) and Anne Lacey (Biology)