Sharon Littley is Employee of the Month for January

Posted: January 5, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Sharon Littley, executive assistant to Anne Agee, is the January Employee of the Month. Accolades from the people she works with include her people skills–patient, friendly, efficient–her perpetual readiness to roll up her sleeves and help, her willingness to take on additional tasks, her contributions to all of the Information Technology Unit (ITU), and her professionalism.

Likewise, Littley is enthusiastic about her colleagues. “I really like the people I work with,” she says. “Working for Anne, I am tasked with many interesting projects and get to meet a lot of the campus community. I like to keep an organized office and take care of all the details that ensure a successful meeting, function, or event,” she says. “I also like being in a campus environment where I get a chance to work on new things and meet interesting people every day.”

“Sharon Littley’s enthusiasm for her work, willingness to share her knowledge and experience, and exceptional organizational skills make her the embodiment of the ideal George Mason staff employee,” says Agee, executive director of the Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services (DoIT) and deputy chief information officer. “In the two years that Sharon and I have worked together, I have been constantly impressed with her willingness to learn new skills and to share what she has learned with others in the university.”

Littley has been critical to the smooth operation of DoIT, says Star Muir, director of Learning Support Services. “Sharon has been a steadfast support of my units through a difficult transition. Her clear communication and timely information eased the transition to a separate administrative services unit, and made my support staff and our collective efforts much more effective,” Muir says.

Remembering the smallest details at work is what draws the most appreciation from those Littley works with. “Sharon is someone I rely on to help me with scheduling meetings, assisting during meetings by taking notes, and Sharon often contributes her valuable insight and opinions. She does her best to keep all of the DoIT directors on schedule with reports, time sheets, meetings, and the many obligations we have, which is no small task,” says Ann Genovese, director of client services for DoIT. “Everything she does is from the heart.”

Littley has been at Mason nearly five years, hired originally as the executive administrative assistant to Keith Segerson, former executive director of ITU. In the reorganization, Littley became Agee’s administrative assistant. She completed one year of college, raised several children, and has held a number of leadership roles in public service and historical organizations. Prior to coming to George Mason, she spent 10 years in mortgage banking as a loan closing supervisor.

“The strength of ITU is in its people. The challenge is ensuring all those people feel they are part of a greater whole and vital to the ITU’s success. Sharon Littley is one individual who goes out of her way to let folks know that every deed, every task they complete makes a positive difference,” says Susan Kehoe, director of GMU-TV.

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