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Employees of the month

Kathy DuBois Reed

May University Support Staff employee of the month

Started at KU: 2007

Kathy DuBois Reed

Current title: Administrative professional, provostís office.

What that means: DuBois Reed was initially hired as receptionist for the office, which is large, complex, and busy. In addition to the Provost and other senior administrators, the office includes the Senior Assistant to the Provost, the University Privacy Officer, the Director of Space Management, four other USS members, and eight unclassified staff. Last May, she applied for and was appointed to a newly created administrative professional position in the Policy Office, a division of the Provostís Office, where she provides direct support for two assistants to the Provost. In this position, as in her former role, Kathy has demonstrated thoughtfulness, a high degree of professionalism, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability and willingness to take on new responsibilities and learn new skills.

Notable: In October, when the position of executive assistant to the provost became open, DuBois Reed was asked to step in as the primary contact for the provost. While she had expertise in calendaring, she had never kept a schedule for a high-profile executive who often has back-to-back meetings with equally busy administrators and constituents. She proved herself equal to the daunting task. She knew when and who to ask for assistance in scheduling and in making travel arrangements for national and international trips and grew adept at managing the need for last-minute schedule changes. During the same period, her supervisor in the Policy Office had surgery and was out of the office for several weeks. DuBois Reed stepped in to help manage the workload in the Policy Office despite the demands of her temporary assignment.

Debra Baker

May Unclassified employee of the month

Started at KU: 1998.

Debra Baker

Current title: Assistant director, Central Plains Center for Bioassessment at the Kansas Biological Survey.

What that means: In managing the ever changing day-to-day activities of the center, Baker coordinates field activities as well as managing recruitment, budgets and purchasing. Her diverse scope of duties includes writing work policies, grant proposals and quarterly reports. She is also crew leader for field data collection over the entire states of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma, and maintains the water-quality databases she developed.

Notable: Bakerís concern for water and the environment extend beyond the job. She is involved in Earth Day and active with KU Talent Search, a program to get kids interested in the sciences. She even traveled to Haiti, through her church, to inform people on water-quality issues.

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