Harris earns top staff honor at Isothermal

ICC VP Steve Methany, Harris and ICC President Walter Dalton
ICC VP Stephen Matheny, Karen Harris and ICC President Walter Dalton

SPINDALE (Aug. 26, 2015) – Karen Harris, Powers Scholarship coordinator, was named the 2015 recipient of the Willard L. Lewis Staff Award recently.

The objective of the award is to encourage, identify and reward excellent performance and commitment to the college by the non-teaching staff. One of the primary criteria for nominees is that they show “consistent, excellent performance on the job, exhibiting unselfish devotion to duty far and above normal requirements and significant contribution to the advancement of the institution and its students.”


The award is named for Dr. Willard L. Lewis, the college’s former president, who placed a great emphasis on the importance staff plays in Isothermal’s mission to “improve life through learning.” This year’s award was given at the college’s annual convocation, held on Monday, Aug. 17.

“Karen is described by co-workers as one who has gone above and beyond the call of duty during her entire time she has worked at the college since 1999,” said Stephen Matheny, vice president of Administrative Services, while presenting the award. “Her commitment to making sure the students’ needs are met is extraordinary. Service is top priority with Karen.”

“Within the Financial Aid Office, she has worked with fellow staff to streamline processes for students as technology has changed and been upgraded, such as the implementation of Colleague and more recently, Patriot Port.”

One of the people who nominated Harris for the honor described her as one who “is consistent, has excellent performance on the job, exhibits unselfish devotion to duty far above normal requirements and makes significant contributions to the advancement of the institution and its students.”

Harris recently served as interim director of Financial Aid during a vacancy at that post.

Matheny said Harris’ expertise and hard work has created many efficiencies in the Financial Aid Office.

“To perform consistently over time with the heart of a servant, and a desire to continue learning for the sake of others, is indeed a mark of excellence,” said Matheny.