Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award
Before retiring this past December, Janet Mitchell provided 35 years of faithful
and glowing service to the University of Memphis. I cannot say enough about Janet's
importance to the University. She was a founding member of the University Career Associates
and of the Staff Senate, two organizations that have had huge impacts on our University
and given our staff members a strong voice throughout campus. Janet has also served
as the presidential liaison to the Tennessee Board of Regents, promoting the mission
of the University of Memphis all across the state. Outside of the University, she
is a member of the Executive Women International-Memphis Chapter, serving on their
Board of Directors in previous years.
Janet began her career at the University of Memphis working for the dean of Education.
She later worked for the associate vice president of academic affairs, and in 1993,
she became the administrative assistant for former President V. Lane Rawlins. After
I assumed the Office of President in 2001, Janet became an assistant to the president
for office operations. From my experience working with Janet, I can say her organizational
and motivational skills, attention to detail, time management and problem solving
skills are phenomenal. She has furthered strengthened this university by building
productive partnerships not only at the University, but in the campus community as
well. These are just a few of the reasons why we honor her today.