Annual banquet recognizes employees' service
Liberty University honored more than 400 employees for their dedication and service to the school during the annual Years of Service Banquet on Tuesday, July 14, in the Williams Stadium Club Pavilion.
The banquet, part of the university’s You Matter initiative, honors individuals for milestones they reach in their employment at Liberty, starting with five years and continuing in subsequent five-year increments. This year, three employees celebrated their 40-year milestone.
Ben Guttierez, vice provost for academic administration, welcomed everyone on behalf of Liberty’s leadership.
“This is a very special time for those of us who have hit milestones here at the university,” he said. “The Lord is continuing to give us opportunities and platforms to be excellent in what we do because we honor Him in all things.”
President Jerry Falwell also addressed the employees, thanking them for their service.
“We are excited about this tradition because it is a way for us to show our appreciation to all of you, and to thank you for what you have done to make Liberty successful in so many ways.”
Falwell honored retirees who have served the university faithfully for many years, speaking about their contributions and presenting them with plaques.
Dr. C. Daniel Kim, a longtime professor at the School of Divinity, is retiring after 37 years. Falwell honored Kim for his exemplary service, which has included bringing more than 2,000 Korean students to study at Liberty. Kim was also featured locally in The News & Advance for his service to Liberty and the community.
Other retirees honored at the banquet include Barbara Sherman (32 years), who served as director of Bruckner Learning Center; Dr. Larry Anderson (27 years) who served as a professor in the Department of Psychology; and Dr. James Shelton (20 years), a longtime member of the School of Business faculty.
The university also recognized the contributions of Carl Merat, who retired after 23 years of service. Merat was dean of Jerry Falwell Library during most of the planning of the new building.
- Read the bios of these honorees.