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Richards presented 2020 President’s Award of Distinction

KENT – Kent State University President Todd Diacon recently presented the 2020 President’s Award of Distinction to Maegan Richards of the Salem and East Liverpool Campuses.

The award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates outstanding achievements, service, leadership and dedication to Kent State in advancing the university’s strategic priorities and core values.

Richards is the Academic Learning Commons coordinator for the Salem and East Liverpool campuses. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2009 and a Master of Library and Information Science in 2011, each from Kent State, and has been a full-time employee on the Salem Campus since September 2011.

As a student, she began working as a writing tutor during her sophomore year on the Salem Campus and then worked in the Enrollment Management and Student Services Department. When she began graduate school, Richards transitioned to working in the Performing Arts Library on the Kent Campus, as well as in the library on the Salem Campus.

In 2016, Richards received the Staff of the Year Award for the Salem Campus, recognizing exemplary service to the campus. It, too, was based on nominations from students, staff and faculty.

“Maegan has matured from a student and student worker on our campus to one of our most valued employees,” noted Dr. David Dees, dean and CAO of the Columbiana County campuses.

“As we learned to navigate through the COVID pandemic over the last several months, Maegan never stopped. She was very proactive in finding ways to reach out to students and faculty so that we could continue delivering on our promise of providing a quality education for each of them, even in a remote environment. Her impact on our students and our campus is astounding and quite worthy of this recognition.”

Diacon noted that his office received nearly 200 nominations from employees’ supervisors, peers and colleagues throughout the eight campuses and only 23 staff members were chosen to receive this honor.

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