Marcie R. Bishop, an administrative assistant in the Office for Inclusion and Diversity, has received the university’s 2018 President’s Award for Excellence.

The President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to up to five Virginia Tech employees who have made extraordinary contributions by consistent excellence in the performance of their job or a single incident, contribution, or heroic act. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize.

Bishop has been a steadfast presence in the Office for Inclusion and Diversity. Within two years, the office size expanded to a team of almost 12. She brought attention to a unit that had previously been recommended for elimination. Her work provided a strong foundation upon which a new office could be built and created.

As a result of the expansion, Bishop’s responsibilities increased to provide broader support to the entire office. She oversaw the office’s renovation and relocation efforts and provided support when the office was moved out of Burruss Hall, into the Surge Building, and back into Burruss at the conclusion of the renovation.

“When I began, she not only had scheduled the meetings, she created a daily system for me to know where and how to get to each meeting, as many of the meetings were not in my office. Marcie’s scheduling expertise allowed me to meet over 1,000 faculty, staff, and students in a 90-day period,” wrote Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president for strategic affairs and vice provost for inclusion and diversity, in a letter of nomination.

Bishop’s work has also had a significant impact on InclusiveVT. Accomplishments supported by her administrative role include campus climate, education and engagement, curriculum, programming, and recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff.

Every day, Bishop is personable, friendly, and professional. She makes sure to greet every visitor that comes in the office.

Written by Lindsey Grooms, Class of 2019

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