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Blaisdell first-ever TSUS Regents' Staff Member

Donna Blaisdell will become The Texas State University System’s first ever recipient of the TSUS Regents’ Staff Member Award. 

Donna BlaisdellBlaisdell, executive assistant to David Carroll, director of library services, has worked for more than 27 years serving in areas of the university including biology, graduate studies, institutional research and reporting, computer science, and the library. 

She will receive the award in person Friday (May 24) at the TSUS board meeting in San Marcos. The honor includes a framed resolution, medallion, and a check for $3,000. She will hold the title of Regents’ Staff Member for life. 

Blaisdell, who is retiring at the end of the month, said she is “extremely honored. It is unbelievable to me that I was selected out of so many to represent the excellent staff of The Texas State University System.” 

“Donna has shown outstanding performance in all six areas of this important recognition award – commitment to the university and its mission, job competency, collegiality, length of service, community involvement and exceptional achievement,” said Stefan Andrei, associate professor of computer science. 

“She is dedicated to assisting and nurturing the students at Lamar,” said Lawrence Osborne, chair of computer science. 

“She would maintain that her many years at Lamar have enriched her life in ways too numerous to list,” said David Carroll, director of library services. “In the end, it is we – her colleagues – who have been enriched.” 

“She signs every email ‘With Cardinal Pride.’ For Donna, this is not an empty sentiment,” Carroll said. “She truly takes extraordinary pride in the university, its programs, accomplishments, and, most of all, its people.” 

Her achievements include receiving the LU Regent’s Award in 1989, and two nominations for LU staff awards. She is a Certified Texas Purchaser, a charter member of the Lamar Staff Association, and a member of the Lamar Staff Senate. In addition, she assisted in the preparation and coordination of Lamar’s first computer science alumni reunion and preparation for the ABET accreditation site visit for the Department of Computer Science. 

Blaisdell’s community service includes many community events and organizations including the Hardin County Genealogy Society and Muscular Dystrophy Association. She has played an active role in many university events including Cardinal Lights, open houses, blood drives and United Way campaigns.