Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law Staff Council recently presented Administrative Associate Deborah Baker with the 2012 Emma P. Terrell Distinguished Employee Award at the law school’s annual holiday luncheon and Employee Service Recognition Program. The award is presented to an employee who exemplifies outstanding dedication and service to the law school.
Baker joined the law school in 2002 as a student worker in cataloging while pursuing her master’s degree in business education. She became a full-time cataloging assistant in July 2005 and moved to her present position in January 2008. As an administrative associate, Baker oversees all general office management for the law library and provides administrative support for the law library director, librarians and staff.
One nominator described Baker as “an outstanding employee and a significant asset to the law school and law library. She is a professional, dedicated and hardworking individual who is well-respected by her colleagues. Bright, energetic and selfless, she is integral to the success of the law school community.”
Another supporter described Baker as “the backbone of our library’s commitment to excellent service. Everything we do here is possible in no small part because of Deb’s intelligent and capable handling of matters great and small. Her daily work is central to our operations and our mission.”
Prior to joining Georgia Law, Baker served as the general manager for a retail store for 20 years and volunteered at a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Rhode Island College and completed her master’s at UGA in 2005.
The Terrell Distinguished Employee Award is presented annually to recognize staff members who demonstrate an outstanding work ethic, commitment to service and exceptional job performance in addition to the cooperation necessary to increase the quality of education and service provided by the law school. Formerly known as the Employee Distinguished Service Award, this honor was renamed in February 2005 in memory of Emma P. Terrell, a longtime employee remembered for her dedication to and enthusiasm for the law school.