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December 11, 2015


Ellen Kelly recipient of Ben LeClair Staff Excellence Award


Ellen KellyExhibiting excellence in the four core values of Cowley College, Ellen Kelly, Human Resources Specialist, was named this year’s recipient of the Ben LeClair Staff Excellence Award during an employee celebration held Thursday, December 10 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.


Benny Joe “Ben” LeClair was a long time employee of Cowley College, who died February 7, 2011. He was a valuable staff member who was dedicated to the continual pursuit of excellence. He performed his daily duties with integrity and a smile and led by example.


To honor and remember LeClair’s legacy, the college accepted nominations for the Ben LeClair Staff Excellence Award for Cowley College.


The selection of Ellen Kelly for the award was an easy one. She has spent the past 13 years at Cowley College and is known for her dedication to the College and her job.


Kelly humbly thanked those in attendance for the award.


“I love working with all of you but am sure there are so many more deserving of this award,” Kelly said. “I am just doing my job and I love doing it for you.”


Kelly plans to retire at the end of the year but will continue on a part-time basis doing payroll until all the payroll is on the new Student Information System.