Ann Ludwick Is June Employee of the Month
Posted: June 1, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: May 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm
By Robin Herron
The most surprising thing about Ann Ludwick being named Employee of the Month is that it hasn’t happened sooner, say her colleagues.
“This award is long overdue,” says Paul Posner, director of the MPA program in the Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA).
PIA professors Tim Conlan and Priscilla Regan add, “We were surprised to learn that she has not yet received this award, because we believe she has earned it several times over during her career at George Mason.”
Ludwick, graduate student coordinator in PIA, collected her 15-year pin at the University Day recognition program in April, and she’s held several jobs at Mason over the years.
She came to Mason as a student in the MPA program in 1993 and never left. During that time she earned her degree, had a daughter and began studies for a Doctor of Arts in Community College Education.
Her first job was as executive assistant to Dean Kingsley Haynes in the School of Public Policy. Then she moved to the Graduate School of Education to be the program administrator for the Master of Education outreach program. She joined PIA 10 years ago, serving as department manager before assuming her current position about three years ago.
In addition to her work in PIA, Ludwick has taught the Introduction to American Government course several times and is active in the PIA alumni chapter.
According to her colleagues, Ludwick is one of the go-to people at Mason who has all the answers and keeps things running smoothly.
Rana Fitzgerald, education support specialist in PIA, says Ludwick exemplifies the “A, B, Cs” of an excellent administrator: accommodating, bright and constructive.
Posner calls Ludwick “the real director of the MPA program, by virtue of her incredible knowledge, dedication to students and passion for excellence in everything she does.”
And Conlan and Regan say, “One of Ann’s most important contributions is that she is always looking for ways to improve the way we do things in the department, enhancing our efficiency while at the same time promoting collegiality and working relationships among faculty, staff and students.”
Learning she was named Employee of the Month, Ludwick says she was “very excited.”
“I’ve been to several of the Employee of the Month ceremonies in President [Alan] Merten’s office, and it is impressive. It’s one of the unique things about Mason.”
Asked about one of her most memorable moments at Mason, she recalls a Valentine’s Day several years ago when her office was located in the Pohick Module. She arrived to work to find the structure was on fire. Because of the hubbub, the flowers her husband sent her couldn’t be delivered. “One of the few times he sends me flowers and I couldn’t get them!” (They were re-delivered the next day.)
Looking back over her years in the Mason workforce, Ludwick says one of the things she likes best about Mason is the many benefits available to employees. In addition to the tuition waiver, Ludwick has used the employee study leave to work on her doctorate and enrolled her daughter in Mason’s Child Development Center for preschool. Her daughter, now 12, has also attended summer camps at Mason over the years.
“Mason has such a unique organizational culture,” she says. “We are known for creativity and staff development and recognition. My department, especially my chair, Dr. Robert Dudley, has encouraged my intellectual growth.”
Ludwick, who is a Fairfax native, earned a BA in modern languages at Longwood College (now University). She plans to defend her dissertation next spring. After that, “I hope to use my research to benefit the university.”
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