Longtime CHP staff member honored during VCU Annual Service Awards

Beth Williamson Ayers and President RaoBeth Williamson Ayers receives President’s Award of Excellence

Beth Williamson Ayers, director of outreach and professional affairs at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Health Professions, has earned the President’s Award of Excellence during the annual VCU Service Recognition Celebration.

The award is the highest honor given to an exceptional employee who exhibits leadership, uses innovative, creative, and/or problem-solving approaches to their responsibilities, embraces change, values diversity, and has given extraordinary service.

“Beth is an integral part of the success of the department and college. Her gifts of relationship building and professionalism are key in what and why our alumni continue to be so engaged and supportive of department and college activities,” said Paula H. Song, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Health Professions and Richard M. Bracken chair and professor of health administration. “Beth is often considered the ‘glue’ of the department, her personal and professional dedication to the department and college results in her being unconditionally loyal and committed to our success and the success of students and alumni.”

Beth Williamson Ayers and Katie McCallSince joining the College in 2003, Beth has served as an assistant dean, director of continuing education in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, and, since 2010, the director of external relations in the Department of Health Administration. In 2019, her role expanded to focus on multiple initiatives throughout the entire College. She holds a Master of Science degree from VCU’s School of Education and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Belmont University in Nashville.

“Beth is truly the foremost steward of the Department of Health Administration’s history, its heart, and its legacy in so many ways, big and small,” said Katie McCall, manager of career and administrative services in the Department of Health Administration. “She does this work quietly, from her heart, with no expectation of recognition or reward. Despite this admirable humility, she is without doubt worthy of high level recognition for her amazing contributions and impressive career.”

To read more about the VCU Service Recognition Awards, visit VCUNews.

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