Jean Pouchet is November Employee of the Month

Posted: November 3, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erick Soricelli

Jean Pouchet, administrative office specialist and office manager for the Physical Plant, is the November Employee of the Month. While her position puts her in charge of office operations for the Physical Plant, many have observed her taking on additional tasks for the department.

Coworkers and associates of Pouchet describe her as exceptionally professional, considerate, pleasant, and highly flexible. “Jean is extremely dedicated and often works uncompensated hours to meet the duties of her position, clearly going above and beyond the call of duty,” says Paul Kashmer, assistant director for administration and personnel for Facilities. Kashmer is Pouchet’s immediate supervisor and made the original nomination.

Pouchet came to Mason in 1992 mostly because of a desire to be closer to her two daughters, who both attended universities in Virginia at the time. She says it was a mutual decision between herself and her husband, Edward. “We wanted to make some changes in our professional development,” she says, “and thought it was an appropriate time to make a move.”

She has always preferred working in a university environment and feels the best part of her position is “seeing the growth and development of George Mason and taking pride that I was able to play a small part in it.”

Mary Roper, administrative assistant to the chief of staff, speaks highly of Pouchet’s invaluable work with the Board of Visitors (BOV). “Jean easily conforms to whatever demands board members request and I always hear a smile in her voice when I call with a time-critical request,” Roper says. “The BOV and the university are very lucky that she is part of their teams.”

Janice “Jan” Gouch is an administrative staff specialist in the Office of the Senior Vice President and works with Pouchet on a frequent basis. “Although sometimes the task is nearly impossible, Jean will often take the initiative to set up large, logistically challenging meetings that others may back away from,” Gouch says.

Pouchet attended school in Canada and once was a federal employee in Ottawa. She also worked at the Universities of Alberta and of Calgary before coming to the United States to take a job at Cornell University. While raising her family, she resided in upstate New York while working at Corning Community College.

Currently living in Fairfax, Pouchet started at Mason as an executive secretary for the Physical Plant and was promoted to executive secretary in 1996. She has worked in her current position since 2001.

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