Richard McCray Selected as January’s Employee of the Month

Posted: January 3, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Richard McCray
Richard McCray

Richard McCray is one of the men to thank for the perennial beauty of the Fairfax Campus of George Mason. With 14 years of experience in irrigation systems, as well as an in-depth knowledge of plumbing, McCray, selected as January’s Employee of the Month, is a valuable asset to Physical Plant and the university as a whole.

This summer, McCray made headlines – literally – in the Mason Gazette when he took the initiative to redesign the Mason Pond fountain. Using spare parts from the plumbing shop, McCray created an elegant spray pattern for the pond’s fountain – with no extra cost to the university.

“As good as it looked, Ricky thought he could improve on it and did so,” says James Moran, plumbing supervisor. “As his supervisor, I could not wish for a better employee.”

McCray has also improved on the sprinkler systems on campus, saving the university money by not having to hire contractors for the job.

“Richard was asked to take over the sprinkler systems on campus because of his 14 years of plumbing and irrigation maintenance experience,” says Paul Kashmer, assistant director, administration and personnel, Facilities. “He willingly accepted this responsibility, effectively performing preventative maintenance through the summer and fall. [His] knowledge and hard work …has been the reason the grass and trees have lived through drought conditions in the past year.”

“If you don’t know him personally, it doesn’t take long to recognize him because he always has a smile and one of the most positive attitudes you could ever come across,” says Jon Lewis, assistant director of operations.

McCray has been working at Mason for two years.

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