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Chuck Thompson Awards


2016 Chuck Thompson Award Winners

Recipients: Tom Anderson & Steve Costner

UT Facilities Services is happy to announce the winners of the 2016 Chuck Thompson Outstanding Employee Award.
The recipients of the 18th annual presentation of the award are Steve Costner, air conditioning services senior controls specialist, and Tom Anderson, central supply office buyer.
Chuck Thompson was a Facilities Services Assistant Director until his retirement in 1976. The award was created by his children in memory of their parents to recognize two employees who have rendered particularly exemplary, meritorious and unselfish service to the University of Tennessee.
Two awards are given every year, one from the skilled craft areas and one from the clerical/services areas, and each recipient must have at least 10 years of service with the university. This year Steve and Tom were chosen from 23 nominees.
“The awards celebrate the excellence in our department,” said Associate Vice Chancellor Dave Irvin. “What I really love about these are that the winners aren’t chosen by me, they’re not chosen by the directors, they are chosen by a panel of their peers.”
With the department since 1986, Steve works in the utilities services unit of Facilities Services. Among the reasons he was nominated for the award were his diligent work on campus wide building automation systems during normal work hours as well as off hours, and his responsibility for keeping customers comfortable while staying within the guidelines of our energy conservation program.
Steve is praised for being polite and very knowledgeable in his duties while taking on an overwhelming amount of work with his team. He is on-call 24-7 during the summer and winter months and is always quick to respond to any issues that may arise.
Tom has more than 15 years of service at UT and works in the central supply office as part of administrative & support services.
He is recognized for being a self-sufficient and trustworthy employee who has always provided the materials and services his customers need to help complete their jobs in a very timely manner while following proper guidelines and procedures while doing so.
Tom never sacrifices quality for quantity, and this is mainly due to the immense amount of patience and pride he puts into his work assignments. His nominations also refer to Tom’s unending pursuit of improvement – both personal and for the department. He has always been very actively involved in the ERC and spends tireless hours dedicated to his local activism.
“Our winners this year, Steve and Tom, are both great examples of the excellence all of us at Facilities Services strive to achieve,” said Irvin.


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