Jane Barton Is May Employee of the Month

Posted: May 1, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

Professional, dedicated, and cheerful are just a few of the adjectives that coworkers and faculty members use to describe Jane Barton, senior executive secretary in the School of Law and the May Employee of the Month. A George Mason employee for 10 years, Barton has worked in Arlington “forever,” first for a lobbyist defense contractor and then for George Mason. “I like the size of the Arlington Campus, it’s truly like a small community,” she says. “Dean [Mark] Grady and the faculty are so outstanding–it’s a great privilege to be associated with them.”

“I feel like I have had a tiny part in the successes of the Law School,” says Barton. “As a faculty secretary, my job is to help them get done what they need to do.” Most faculty members would agree that Barton goes far beyond helping them get their jobs done. Despite the workload that she typically handles as part of a small staff, Barton maintains a calm presence supporting 28 faculty members, and regularly goes well beyond the requirements of her job. Barton played a critical role working on the Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Committee report and has served as secretary for the Supreme Court Economic Review, dealing with its contracts, drafts, and proofs.

Robert Anthony, George Mason University Foundation Professor in the School of Law, says Barton is “always cheerful, always willing, always thorough and responsible. She continues to come early and stay late, in her incomparably conscientious approach to the needed work in our precincts.” Law professor Nelson Lund adds, “Jane’s professionalism, competence, and dedication put her in a class by herself.”

Write to at