The Board of Regents of The Texas State University System has given its first-ever Regents' Staff Member Award to Donna Blaisdell, an executive assistant at Lamar University.
Blaisdell, assistant to the director of library services, has worked for more than 27 years at Lamar University, serving in the biology, graduate studies, institutional research, and computer science departments.
She received the award today at the TSUS board meeting, held on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos. The honor includes a framed resolution, medallion, and a check for $3,000. She will hold the title of Regents’ Staff Member for life.
Blaisdell, who is retiring at the end of the month, said she is extremely honored. "It is unbelievable to me that I was selected out of so many to represent the excellent staff of The Texas State University System," she said.
“Donna has shown outstanding performance in all six areas of this important recognition award – commitment to the university and its mission, job competency, collegiality, length of service, community involvement and exceptional achievement,” said Stefan Andrei, associate professor of computer science at Lamar.
Blaisdell’s community service includes many community events and organizations including the Hardin County Genealogy Society and Muscular Dystrophy Association. She has played an active role in many university events including Cardinal Lights, open houses, blood drives and United Way campaigns.