Vern Smedley Wins the 2016 Hagerman-Thompson Award

Post Office Manager Vern Smedley was presented the 2016 Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award at the Brenau faculty and staff holiday dinner Monday, Dec. 12.

All university staff and faculty were encouraged to nominate a staff member who has completed at least five years of continuous service, who contributes to the excellence of Brenau, demonstrates integrity and goes beyond the call of duty.

In the nominations for Smedley, Brenau employees commented on his concern for proper care and distribution of the mail, his willingness to walk urgent mail quickly to an office, his consistent smile, sense of humor and his interest in the individuals with whom he works.

Some said Smedley’s experiences as a Vietnam veteran and retired Marine instilled in him the desire to always go the extra mile. One nomination called Smedley “the epitome of excellence,” while another described him as “dependable, hardworking and extremely deserving of this award.”