Charlette Jefferson honored with President's Award for outstanding service

Charlette Jefferson

University of Houston System Chancellor and President Renu Khator presents Law Center Executive Secretary Charlette Jefferson with the President's Award.

Aug. 16, 2016 – Charlette Jefferson, a faculty suite executive secretary who began working at the University of Houston Law Center 17 years ago, was honored Monday as a winner of the President's Award.

"I feel honored and humbled," said Jefferson who supports 10 full-time professors, ensuring they have what they need for their classes and exams as well as handling travel arrangements and occasionally special events. "I enjoy my job and the Law Center community and that makes it easier to come to work every day."

Jefferson was honored at Monday's Staff Awards Luncheon and received a certificate of recognition and a $1,000 cash award.

"Charlette is an incredibly hard worker, cheerily takes on additional tasks, and is a valued member of the Law Center community," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes.

Jefferson earned a B.A. in Public Relations in 1999 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and started at the Law Center that year in the CLE department. She subsequently worked in Business Services and the dean's office before landing in her current position.

She was nominated for the award by Kristen Guiseppi, manager of the Pre-Law Pipeline Program, and seconded with recommendations from several professors.

"Kudos to Charlette!" said Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson. "I, for one, am truly grateful to her for her professionalism and dedication.  It would be impossible for the Criminal Justice Institute to host as many events as we do without her.  She attends to every detail with such care like the true professional that she is. 

"The first floor BLB faculty suite is a great place to work," she added, "because Charlette does an outstanding job, every single day." 

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