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President Liebowitz presents one of four Staff Recognition Awards to JJ Boggs.

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College Honors Four Staff Members for Excellence on the Job

June 20, 2014

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Four members of the staff at Middlebury College were honored as the 2014 recipients of the Staff Recognition Awards at a noontime lunch reception and ceremony on June 20 in McCullough Student Center.

Nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of previous recipients of the award were: Debby Anderson, box office manager; JJ Boggs, associate dean of students for student activities and orientation; Janey Bushey Anderson, supervisor at Midd Express; and Jennifer Pottinger, customer services coordinator for Facilities Services.

The annual award recognizes excellence on the part of staff members in four areas: leadership, stewardship, attitude, and community service. It was established through the generosity of Rudolf K. Haerle, Jr., professor emeritus of sociology, to honor outstanding members of the Middlebury College staff. Haerle joined the celebration in-person, sitting at the front of the room as the winners came forward.

Before presenting the awards, President Ron Liebowitz expressed gratitude to both the staff and Haerle. "It's a wonderful award and I think it gives great recognition to so many staff members who, as Rudi felt, make such a difference in the lives of our students and the education they receive."

From left: President Liebowitz, Jennifer Pottinger, Debby Anderson, Rudolf Haerle, Jr., Janey Bushey Anderson, and JJ Boggs


Debby Anderson's patience, guidance, and mentorship as the College's box office manager were noted in her recognition award. "You deliver superb customer service, creative problem solving, and superior organizational skills," Liebowitz said. "And you work to instill those values in the 20 student workers you supervise."

Janey Bushey Anderson was recognized for her customer service and ensuring a quality experience as a supervisor at the College's convenience store, Midd Express. "The pride you take in your work shows, and you always want to make a good impression on visitors," said Liebowitz.

JJ Boggs was recognized particularly for her strong leadership in Middlebury's new student orientation program. Liebowitz noted that one nominator wrote, "She could lead us into a fire and we would all follow to help fight it. She is there beside us all the way, encouraging us and supporting us."

Jennifer Pottinger, who is often the first voice people hear when they call Facilities Services, was recognized for her expert costumer service and vast knowledge of the College campus. Liebowitz read a quote from one of her nominators for the award, which stated, "I cannot recommend a more deserving individual for this honor. She is cheerful and respectful of others and makes the workday more enjoyable for all."

By Stephen Diehl, Photos by Matt Lennon ’13


Congratulations to Debby for all the hard work she has done both for the College and for the Town Hall Theater. How lucky Middlebury, town and gown, are to have her and her husband Doug in the artistic life of college and town.

by Meredith Parson... (not verified)

What a great thing Prof. Haerle is doing. He was a great teacher.

by Chip Cummings '86 (not verified)

What an excellent idea to present such awards. Middlebury has great staff and it is good to see them recognized. I am not surprised at all that the awards were the brainchild of Professor Haerle, a caring, compassionate person who also happened to be a stellar professor.

by Joseph Ganley (not verified)

It is so important to recognize the dedication and hard work of the staff at any good college. I'm grateful that someone has established this award at Middlebury. Congratulations to all the winners! Susan Shaw Schneski, Class of 1963

by Susan Shaw Schn... (not verified)

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