Patricia Williams of Ironto, Va., has been named the 2011 Employee of the Year for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. Williams is a laboratory senior specialist for the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences.

Each year, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recognizes a staff member who performs tasks above normal work expectations, demonstrates consistently good work and dedication to the position, and completes job requirements in an exemplary way.

“Pat’s talents extend far beyond the lab. She is a kind, selfless person, always interested in the welfare of others,” said Elizabeth Gilbert, assistant professor of animal and poultry sciences. “Pat’s hard work, curiosity and interest in science, consideration for others, and exceptional abilities have made her a figure of authority in the department.”

Williams has worked in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences since 2004. She constantly works to promote lab safety and frequently helps students and colleagues with their research. Williams is also the manager of the Litton Reeves basement facilities, where her responsibilities include overseeing animal trials. Numerous students and co-workers praise her enthusiasm, commitment, and willingness to help.

“Her professionalism and enthusiasm are contagious,” Gilbert said. “She is an outstanding role model for students in our department.”



Written by Kelly Robinson, a senior majoring in communications and international studies and an intern for the Office of Communications and Marketing in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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