Jean McNeil Is October Employee of the Month

Posted: October 2, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erick Soricelli

Jeannie “Jean” McNeil, newly appointed building manager for Innovation Hall in the Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services’ Client Services Division, is the October Employee of the Month. Her position allows her to oversee the information technology services currently in place inside George Mason’s newest academic building.

Coworkers and associates of McNeil describe her as dependable, reliable, cheerful, and consistent. “She responds very quickly to any situation and can be relied upon to sort out the problem and get the system working,” says Fred Wintrich, assistant dean of administration for the School of Law.

McNeil came to Mason primarily due to its proximity to her home, which is within walking distance. “I think a university environment is a place with opportunities for learning that are not available in other jobs,” she says.

She feels the best benefit of her position is being able to talk with other telecom coordinators in order for her department to be as reliable as possible. “I want my department to provide the best possible telecom services, and I enjoy working with a group of people that constantly strive for perfection,” she says.

Melissa Ellis Bergsten, executive assistant in the School of Law, made the initial nomination for McNeil. She highlights her “patience and never-ending good humor, which made my job as telecom coordinator at the Law School much easier to handle. If I tell Jean what our situation is with a certain office, she always has a solution that is economical and suits our needs just right,” she says.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Michigan State University in 1974, McNeil moved to Virginia a year later and worked as a hospital nurse until 1981. In 1986, McNeil returned to the workforce as executive director of the National Hemophiliac Association. She began her career at Mason in 1992 as a wage employee in the telephone office of the former University Computing and Information Systems, now known as the Information Technology Unit.

McNeil’s main goal is to be successful in her new position. “I want Innovation Hall to continue [serving] as a wonderful facility for the students, staff, and faculty who learn and work in that building.”

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