The Outstanding Employee awards are chosen by nominations received by the Awards Committee from all faculty, staff, and students at VIMS. They are awarded in the categories of Facilities/Safety/Trades, Research and Advisory Service, Technical Support, and Administrative Support.

We are pleased to present the Outstanding Employee in Facilities/Safety/Trades Award for 2015 to Ms. Patsy Powell.

Ms. Patsy Powell with VIMS Dean and Director John Wells following the Awards Ceremony.Patsy Powell joined the VIMS community in 1998. Today, she continues her great work in the Security Department, supervising a group of 10 dedicated officers to maintain safety and security throughout campus. Patsy is extremely dedicated to her duties and staff. She takes the extra effort to care for anyone that comes across her path while patrolling the campus. When called on to escort someone to or from a building, you can rest assured to have your ear filled with her kind words and to leave with a smile. VIMS is a safer place with Patsy on the job.

Away from VIMS, Patsy cares for her husband Jimmy and a ferocious German Shepard, Sasha. She also enjoys time with her family, especially her grand and great-grand children.