Carvalho Receives J. William Byrd Award for Staff Excellence

Jennifer Carvalho, a Hilo, HI native, has received the J. William Byrd Award for Staff Excellence. The award is given in honor of Dr. J. William Byrd, president emeritus of the University, and is funded by Dr. Thomas R. Morris. The award recognizes Carvalho for her quality of work and demonstration of the University’s covenant.  Carvalho will also receive a cash value of $3,000 because of her service to the University of Mount Olive (UMO).

Carvalho graduated from the University of Hawaii and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  She began working for the University in July of 2014 as an administrative assistant for the Maintenance Department.

Jeff Brogden, director of buildings and grounds, nominated Carvalho for the award because of her work ethic, pleasant attitude, and caring nature.

“I am honored to receive this award.  I see staff excellence everyday in the the people I work with.  I learn from my coworkers, and they encourage me to do my best each day. I feel blessed to be able to work with such a great group of people,” stated Carvalho. “I enjoy working for the University because of the people I have met. Each relationship I have developed here has helped me to become both a better employee and a better person.”

Carvalho now resides in Goldsboro.  She looks forward to her growth as an employee with UMO.

Benefactor of the J. William Byrd Staff Excellence is Dr. Thomas R. Morris, a long-time friend and generous supporter of the University of Mount Olive. Dr. Morris is a native of the Nahunta area of Wayne County where he and his family were active members of Union Grove OFWB Church.  With the vision of an education, he worked his way through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation from medical school, he was an optometrist and civic leader in Goldsboro until his retirement.  He now resides in Wilmington.

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