PLYMOUTH — Kelsey Donnelly, a Plymouth State University administrative assistant known for her kindness and problem-solving skills, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Operating Staff (OS) award.
Donnelly has worked in PSU's Office of Educator Preparation for nearly 10 years. The Office of Educator Preparation serves undergraduate and graduate students to meet program requirements, prepare and complete teaching internships and become eligible for New Hampshire certification.
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Donnelly has earned a reputation as an exemplary employee. "Kelsey is well-liked and respected because she is very good at her job and treats everyone with so much concern and kindness," said Steen. "She is knowledgeable, competent and unflappable. People talk about how reliable and helpful she is."
"I am surprised and honored," Donnelly said. "This is an amazing place to work. It is so welcoming and I really love it here. PSU is my second home."
The award criteria include exemplifying the spirit and values of the institution, being dedicated to providing a learning environment that supports development of the mind, body and spirit, being actively active involved in University activities and engaged in service to the wider community. Currently, there are nearly 160 OS employees at PSU.
The OS Speaker, Kathy Peverly, noted Donnelly was chosen by a seven-member panel of faculty, staff, community members and students who were impressed with her enthusiastic dedication to her office, PSU and the greater community.
"This decision was a difficult one as all our nominees were truly deserving," said Peverly. "Kelsey, however, stood out among her peers because of the extra effort and support she gave to her department this year."
Donnelly earned a bachelor's degree in communications studies in 2014 from PSU and currently is pursuing a master's degree in human relations. A Campton native and Plymouth Regional High School graduate, she lives in Holderness with her husband, Adam, and their daughters, Kelina and Gwen.