Ann Wingblade Retires after 25 Years

Posted: April 27, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sarah McGurk

Today is Ann Wingblade’s last day as a George Mason employee. Her retirement, effective May 1, concludes her 25-year career as assistant to the president. Wingblade, who has a B.S. in business education from Kansas State University, attributes her success to “outstanding mentors, good teamwork, and Gregg shorthand.”

On July 1, 1976, Wingblade became a full-time employee at George Mason in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs under the direction of Robert Krug. When Krug was appointed acting president, Wingblade moved with him to the President’s Office, and after six months, she became the president’s confidential secretary. Wingblade remained in that position when George Johnson became the third university president. After Johnson’s retirement, she agreed to stay on for one year to assist Alan Merten with the transition as new president. One year became five years, and now, on her 25th anniversary, she will retire.

“I never dreamt that I would stay here this long, but something about the job was so fulfilling,” she says. “Every day has brought a new or different challenge.”

Looking ahead, Wingblade talks excitedly about getting involved in outreach to the elderly through her church and exploring her new interest in cultivating poinsettia plants. But most important to her is spending quality time with her husband, four children, and eight grandchildren.

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