Bobbie Merritt Named March 2011 Employee of the Month

Posted: March 1, 2011 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: February 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

By Aisha Jamil

Bobbie Merritt. Photo by Aisha Jamil

“My GMU roots run deep!” exclaims Barbara (Bobbie) Merritt when talking about her loyalty to Mason.

The March 2011 Employee of the Month has worked as a benefits administrator in the Office of Human Resources and Payroll for the past five years. She is also a Mason graduate (BA English ’82).

According to Frances Herrity, retired co-director of the Transfer Center, Merritt has “exemplified the best of Mason with not only a can-do attitude, but also with knowledge and an attitude of responsibility and caring.”

Although Merritt primarily handles employee benefits, including worker’s compensation, life insurance and retirement, she never hesitates to help out a peer.

“Bobbie is often one of the first employees to volunteer to learn something new or help with a new project,” says Linda Harber, associate vice president for Human Resources and Payroll.

“She even takes great pride and creativity in planning our quarterly birthday celebrations by making each one creative and special.”

Merritt is passionate about taking care of her clients and recognizes their concerns.

“I understand that benefits and retirement are some of the most important factors in a person’s life,” Merritt says. “My goal every day is to maintain a high standard of service by being dedicated to our employees with deep commitment and integrity.”

“Bobbie is a terrific employee and a wonderful person,” says Janet Walker, work life and communications coordinator for Human Resources.

“She embodies all the wonderful ‘C’ words — caring, compassionate, collegial, collaborative, creative — and a bunch of ‘T’ words, as well — terrific, talented, team player and top-notch.”

Ho Won Jeong, associate professor in the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution agrees.

“While working on my pension fund, Bobbie made suggestions about saving possibilities that I was completely unaware of. Her service was extraordinary, and she was extremely considerate and kind. Her patience has also been a hallmark of her service.”

When it comes to being named Employee of the Month, Merritt feels privileged to receive such recognition.

“I feel honored to receive this award, knowing that there are many others that do an exceptional job and have not yet been recognized,” Merritt says.

“I have a job that I find deeply rewarding, colleagues that make coming to work a great pleasure, and engaging employees that I am proud to serve. What more could someone ask for?”

President Alan Merten will formally present Merritt with her award in his office, 103 Mason Hall, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. All of Merritt’s family, friends and co-workers are invited to attend the ceremony.

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