Heidi Cox Named VSU’s Fall 2021 Employee of the Semester

February 9, 2022
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Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Kasmira Smith, intern student

Heidi Cox

VALDOSTA — Heidi Cox is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s Fall 2021 Employee of the Semester Award.

“When my name was called as employee of the semester, I was taken by surprise and it made me feel so valued and appreciated,” she said. “My heart was full.”

Cox first joined the VSU staff in May 2008 as a senior auditor in the Office of Internal Audit. In November 2011, she was appointed Director of Internal Audit at Albany State University. She returned to VSU in February 2016 and currently serves as Director of Internal Audit.

Wendy Byrd, training specialist for human resources and employee and organizational development, nominated Cox for the award.

“Heidi is proud to serve VSU and does so in a genuine and friendly way,” Byrd said. “She is recognized as a leader who rolls up her sleeves alongside the team to get the job done.”

As VSU’s Director of Internal Audit, Cox provides assurance and advisory services to mitigate risk. She also leads VSU’s annual Ethics Week and works with other campus departments to organize activities that honor ethical values ​​and promote the Blazer Creed. She said the best part of her job is constantly learning and growing to help make VSU better.

“Blazer Nation, you are my alma mater, and I’m so proud to be part of this amazing family,” she added. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from VSU in 2004 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Accounting.

Jenny White, a college budget analyst with VSU’s Budget and Payroll Services team, was named the first runner-up for the Employee of the Semester award. Darius Anthony, assistant director of employer relations at the Office of Career Opportunities and Volunteer Services, was named second runner-up.

Cecilia Furey from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Lynette Hepburn-Richardson from the Office of Career Opportunities and Volunteer Services, Rafiah Jenkins from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Timothy Balch from the Department of Public Safety, Council Center’s Holly Wright and Campus Recreation’s David Shaw were also nominated for this honor.

The Employee of the Semester Award is presented by the VSU Staff Affairs Council at the end of each fall and spring semester. All full-time Classified Personnel are eligible for the award.

On the Web:
https://www.valdosta.edu/administration/council-on-staff-affairs/employee-of-semester.php

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