Retirement Spotlight: Becky Glosson

Becky Glosson: “A Bedrock of Strength on the Augusta Campus”

Becky is and has been a bedrock of strength on the Augusta campus for 24 years. She is quietly competent and completes all of her work with professionalism and good humor. Not one to call attention to herself, she finally received the recognition she deserved by being named ‘Employee of the Year’ several years ago. Becky will be missed on the Augusta campus.”

These words from Dr. Susan Fagan, Professor and Assistant Dean of the extended campus in Augusta, honor Becky Glosson, Administrative Specialist I on the Augusta campus, who retires January 1, 2021 after 24 years of service to the College of Pharmacy.

Becky Glosson has been the MVP on the Augusta campus for a long time,” said Dr. Rusty May, Clinical Professor and Associate Department Head in Augusta. “She is the glue that has held our group together through many changes, including several moves for our students and faculty. The transition to our new building went smoothly because of Becky’s great attention to detail. She is always there for anyone who needs assistance (and always with a smile). It has been a pleasure to have her as a co-worker and friend for all these years.”

Becky‘s good nature and friendship will be truly missed around the Augusta campus. Perhaps no one can sum this up better than Kathi Hardwick, Administrative Associate in Augusta, who shares work space with her, and said, “From the day of my interview when I first met Becky, I could see how important she was in the College of Pharmacy. She has been a wonderful mentor for me, and I am lucky enough to call her my friend. Becky lights up the Augusta campus with her smile, and she has such energy and spark about her. She has not only been essential for our UGA Augusta campus but she has been essential to keeping relations with Augusta University and the VA system. The hardest thing about coming back after working remotely was coming to an empty office without her, because I didn’t have her there to make me laugh, hum a random tune, or ask for advice. I know I will feel the loss more once she has retired and is no longer on campus. The lives of so many people have been improved by the hard dedicated work Becky has given to her position, and it will be a hard gap to fill in the years to come.”

In her retirement, Becky will enjoy spending more time with three grown sons – Doug, Clay, and Sam, along with her dog, Cleo (an American, Old English, Pit Bulldog mix), and cat, Callie. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and listening to music.

Read on for our Q&A with Becky!

When did you start at the College? Why were you interested in joining the college?
I started working for the College as an Administrative Assistant in October of 1990. At 21, I was a student at Augusta Tech and needed a job experience within my program of study in order to graduate. I interviewed with Sheila Sinks and Dr. David Hawkins in the FI Building where the department was located at that time (which was an old hotel, formerly the Thunderbird Inn).

What positions did you serve in at the College?  
When I first began working for the College, I was considered an MCG employee and served as an Administrative Assistant.  In 1997, our department had just moved to the CJ Building, and I officially became a UGA employee and served as an Administrative Associate. A few years later, we moved again. This time, we settled into the HM Building, where I was later promoted to my current title, Administrative Specialist I.

Who was a mentor or special person for you at the College of Pharmacy?
I have learned from so many people in the department that I’m not sure any one person stands out above the rest. Each faculty and staff member I’ve dealt with provided a unique experience. Those collective experiences allowed me the opportunity to grow in work and as a person. I’m extremely grateful for that.

What was your most indelible memory of the College?
Overall, working here has been a very positive experience for me. My work family consists and has consisted of some very special people.  YOU ALL are unforgettable. That is the memory I will carry with me.

What was your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job wasn’t just how many people I got to meet, but the variety.  I’ve met people from all over the world in these past 30+ years. I’ve learned about some of our cultural differences, but also discovered some personal commonalities.

What is your lasting legacy at the College/What is your greatest accomplishment/What do you want to be remembered for?
My lasting legacy? No clue. My greatest accomplishment? Good question, I wish I had a good answer. I’d like to be remembered as someone who was helpful.  I’d like to think I made a difference.

What will you miss the most?
I’ll miss the people. I’ve made many friends here.

What do you plan to do in retirement?  
I hope to be able to relax for a minute and then rejoin the workforce. I don’t know exactly what that will look like, but I trust that God will close the wrong doors and open the right ones. He hasn’t let me down yet.

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