Wells Receives J. William Byrd Award for Staff Excellence

Wells Receives J. William Byrd Award for Staff Excellence 

MOUNT OLIVE – Goldsboro resident Margaret Wells, an administrative assistant at the University of Mount Olive, 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. The award recognizes Wells for her quality of work and demonstration of the University’s covenant.

Wells has been with UMO since 1989 and has worked with three presidents of the University, starting with Dr. W. Burkette Raper. As an administrative assistant Wells assists in a variety of work across campus.

During her 26 years at UMO, Wells has seen tremendous growth. Witnessing the institution transition from a two-year College to a four-year University has been a pleasure for her to watch and she is excited to be a part of an institution that is committed to growth and excellence.

“I enjoy the everyday challenges and working for a university that encourages such tremendous growth,” said Wells. “Working with our faculty and staff in a Christian environment is especially rewarding. I truly enjoy the personal association with each student, faculty, and staff member. Living by the UMO Covenant is a goal that I try to exemplify, so I am grateful to be recognized with this award. It is humbling to accept it, and I will continue to do my very best in representing the University of Mount Olive in the future.”

Along with the award, Wells also received a cash value of $3,000 for her work excellence.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.