Posted: November 30, 2009
Dean of the College Penny Gill has been recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.
She recently received an award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program in recognition of her “genuine and enthusiastic support” of Captain David Gardner, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. The award program is intended to recognize employers who, through their leadership and personnel policies, contribute to a strong National Guard and Reserve force by supporting employee participation. Gardner is Dean of Pre-Health Programs at Mount Holyoke, and is also a Senior Officer on the staff of the Coast Guard’s Seventh District in Miami, Florida.
In a surprise ceremony in her office in front of a group of her colleagues, Gill was presented with the award certificate by Gardner. The certificate was accompanied by a letter of appreciation from Rear Admiral Steve Branham, Commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District, which read in part, “We rely heavily on our Reserve personnel to accomplish our mission, and benefit from their civilian background and experience. Truly, small institutions like Mount Holyoke do not easily absorb the absence of an employee who is away on Reserve duty…. Your support of Captain Gardner and his family so willingly is a great testament to you and Mount Holyoke College [and] directly contributes to the effectiveness of the United States Coast Guard and the security of our nation.”