SUPPORT STAFF EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
After more than 35 years on the job, Margaret Dutton says she's never had a bad day at TCC. "We work hard, but we're a family, and I don't think I could have spent my time at a better place," Dutton says.
This year, Dutton was named Support Staff Employee of the Year. She is the first to receive this honor. "It was overwhelming to be selected and I feel like I am representing all of the classified staff. We have so many wonderful people here," she adds.
Dutton is administrative assistant to the provost of the Chesapeake Campus, a position she's held since the early 1990s, first working with Timothy Kerr and now with Linda Rice. “Margaret is one of a kind and a joy to work with," says Rice. "From the beginning, she has been dedicated to student success."
Dutton recalls, "When I first came to TCC as a student, I wasn't sure about a career path. I remember seeing the provost’s administrative assistant in the student center one day and that is when I decided that I wanted a similar career.” While earning her associate degree in secretarial science, Dutton was a work-study student in the Veterans Affairs office. She later worked as assistant to the dean of student services.
A firm believer in TCC, Dutton recommends the college often and two of her three children are TCC alums. "This place has been my home away from home, and the people here have seen me through some highs and lows," Dutton says. When her husband died in 1999, her co-workers rallied around her, helping with home repairs when funds were low. "I'll never forget the generosity of the people here," she says.
During her tenure at the college, Dutton has been active in college governance, serving on the Chesapeake Campus Council and the Internal Relations Committee. She also activated community involvement by coordinating TCC Chesapeake's Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, the American Heart Walk and CommonHealth, Virginia's wellness program.
Dutton plans to retire in January of 2013. "I will miss walking the halls and listening as professors interact with students. It's been my greatest joy watching students succeed and move forward to follow their own dreams."
"TCC is the place where my dreams were fulfilled," Dutton says. "And for that I'm so grateful."