Everyday Hero: Molly Grove

Posted: July 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

This occasional Mason Gazette feature profiles key people at Mason who “make it happen.”

Molly Grove
Molly Grove
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Years at Mason: 13

First Job at Mason: Temporary wage employee to help with logistics for the commencement and convocation planning in the office of University Activities.

Current Position: Director of campus relations for the Prince William Campus administration

What She Does: “When introducing myself, I describe my job as the social butterfly for the [Prince William] Campus. I am fortunate to serve as the university representative in the Prince William-Greater Manassas region. I like to think that I am effective in making partnerships happen. Presented with different programs and projects, both internally and externally, I find the right fit for the university to participate with the community. In recent years, I have coordinated the route and volunteers for the American Diabetes Walk, coordinated guest speakers for the Greater Manassas CEO Forum and even chaired the Virtual Bus Tour for the Prince William County Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce to promote commercial real estate in this region. My outreach efforts help Mason to develop relationships with these different business entities.”

The Reason She Came to Mason: “The reward for me came from assisting students to achieve their education goals. I wanted to stay in the higher education arena, as I found the people in higher education are inspirational individuals. I am hoping that their creativity will rub off.”

What the Mason Community Doesn’t Know about Her: “I have been involved behind the scenes in Mason’s commencement and convocation ceremonies process for 14 out of the last 15 years. In the community, I have received two gold star awards, and most recently, the Chamber Member of the Year award from the Prince William County Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce. This award was very humbling – there are more than 1,100 businesses that are members. I was chosen from 10 other chamber members who were nominated.”

What She Likes Best about Her Job: “By far, nothing compares with working alongside my colleagues in our administrative office as well as the entire campus faculty, staff and vendors. It is an atmosphere that many try to recreate and set as a model for other offices. I am so honored and proud to continue to work for an organization with a reputation that has achieved so much and continues to strive for excellence above its already exceptional quality.”

On Serving on Multiple Boards and Projects: “As long as I feel I can be a contributor to the organization, I enjoy devoting time and attention to these worthy groups. More important is the continued support I have received from my supervisors to represent Mason in the region. Now that I live, work and play in the same community, I am pleased to do my part.”

On Community Relations: “I want the community to know I am a friend first, then a Mason representative. They know Mason is a supportive neighbor.”

Greatest Accomplishment to Date: “Surrounding myself with great people. My life is only as good as those around me.”

Personal Motto: “Life is all about attitude, and you control your attitude each day when you get up.”

What She Does for Fun: “Anyone who visits my office will see my love of golf. With that said, I try to have fun in all aspects of my personal and work life and in everything I do.”

What People Say about Her:

“Much of her work is unseen by others and requires long hours and evenings as well as weekends. But there is no doubt that the results of her labor are definitely apparent in the status and reputation that Prince William Campus enjoys in the Prince William region.”

—Patricia Snellings, director of communications, College of Science (formerly director of communications, Prince William Campus)

“I have worked with Molly on numerous activities and events, and she is very professional and a pleasure to work with. We have done not only Chamber [of Commerce] functions together but also worked on some community projects together. She gives back to the community, and she is very well respected.”

—Debbie Jones, president of the Prince William/Greater Manassas Chamber of Congress

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