Dr. Rex Gandy, dean of the University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, has been selected the 2009 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP).
Gandy’s path to winning this national award began when he was named the 2008 Southern Miss Association of Office Professionals (AOP) Administrator of the Year. The Southern Miss AOP Chapter forwarded his nomination to the state level, where he was named the 2009 Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals (MAEOP) Administrator of the Year.
“I’m honored by this recognition, but this is really an award for AOP staffers and the university, not any single individual,” Gandy said.
Gandy, a native of Ripley, has been at Southern Miss since 2003 and has more than 25 years of academic experience. He led the College of Science and Technology to many milestones, including a research funding height of $52 million. Following Hurricane Katrina, Gandy coordinated the College of Science and Technology’s efforts to help faculty, staff and students displaced by the storm and return student enrollment to pre-Katrina levels.
Pam Posey, assistant to the dean for budgets, and president-elect of NAEOP, said Gandy has been very supportive of the group. “It would not have been possible for me to consider running for any office in the national association without his encouragement and support.”
The NAEOP National Educational Administrator of the Year award was first awarded in 1973 to recognize and honor an administrator demonstrating excellence and support of staff in their efforts to progress professionally.
Gandy said he recognizes the importance of the Southern Miss AOP chapter. “AOP is a great organization for our staff, and Southern Miss has a strong track record of supporting university staff and their participation in AOP activities.”
According to Posey, Southern Miss has a rich history of producing MAEOP Administrators of the Year, but having Gandy win the national award is especially exciting. “It is truly an honor and privilege working with him,” Posey said. “He works hard and supports not only staff, but faculty and students. He is the epitome of a true educational administrator.”
Prior to Southern Miss, Gandy served as team leader for the Idaho Nanoscience Initiative, chair and professor of Physics at the University of Idaho, director of the Auburn Fusion Laboratory, associate dean for research and professor at Auburn University and as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Southern Miss AOP chapter was organized in 1974 to foster relationships and understanding among members, to promote education of members and to promote an overall better educational system. For more information, visit http://www.usm.edu/aop/
Dr. Rex Gandy
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