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Chuck Thompson Awards

2019 Chuck Thompson Award Winners

Recipients: Arlene Williams & Wayne Cowden

UT Facilities Services is happy to announce the winners of the 2019 Chuck Thompson Outstanding Employee Award.


The recipients are the 21st annual presentation of the award are Arlene Williams from Administrative Services and Wayne Cowden from Electrical Services.

Two awards are given every year, one from the skilled craft areas and one from the clerical, services and support areas, and each recipient must have at least 10 years of service with the university. This year Joel and Rick were chosen from 32 nominees.


“The awards celebrate excellence in our department,” said Associate Vice Chancellor Dave Irvin. “What I really love about these are that the winners aren’t chosen by men, they’re not chosen by the directors, they are chosen by a panel of their peers.”


Both Arlene and Wayne have been with UT for 19 years. Arlene is our resident HR expert, and Wayne serves as a Senior Electrician and is specifically knowledgeable about the fire alarm system.


According to his peers, Wayne is someone who is available to his team day or night. He’s the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave most evenings. He’s even been known to pull an “all-nighter” if necessary. He is always willing to help others with tasks that aren’t directly related to his position, and he is a happy guy – no matter what kind of work he’s doing.


He is hard-working and dependable, helpful to all who work alongside him. He is very well versed in his work and gives his all in the work he does.


For 19 years, he has supported the fire alarm duties within his shop with a contagiously positive attitude. He is well liked among his peers, and he’s an incredible asset to Facilities Services.


Arlene Williams has helped almost every employee who has passed through Facilities Services. She answers countless questions with patience and grace – even when the questions are completely off-the-wall.


She is personable and greets staff with a warm smile while taking her responsibilities very seriously. She is a hard-working individual who is very conscientious in her daily job duties as well as her everyday life.


She is dedicated to her work and extremely knowledgeable. She handles all issues with professionalism and is willing to go the extra mile whenever needed. Her kindness does not go unnoticed, and her tenure has made Facilities Services a better place to work. Her work is tireless and often thankless, and we would all be lost without her.

It is truly a privilege of the department to honor these two outstanding individuals.