Gina Phillips ‘97 MS ‘07, senior director of development for major gifts at Texas Wesleyan, received the Staff Hero Award at the 2020 Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in recognition for the key role she plays in supporting and achieving the University’s 2020 Vision goals.
“Gina has been the quintessential jack of all trades for Texas Wesleyan,” Jim Lewis, vice president for advancement, said. “Having done many jobs over the years, she provides significant institutional memory for our program.”
Phillips started her Texas Wesleyan career in 1996 in the Admissions office. After a few more stops across campus, she settled in with the division of Advancement where she has been since 1997. Phillips’ appreciation for Texas Wesleyan has only grown since she arrived here.
“We have faculty who invest in students and their lives, and staff that go above and beyond to meet the student’s needs,” Phillips said.
Phillips’ holds the University in such a high regard that she sent her three children, brother-in-law and niece to Texas Wesleyan. Her husband even attended for a while.
“It’s easy to sell something you believe in and love, and it’s important to have a passion for what you do,” Phillips said.
The Staff Hero Award was created in 2015 as a way to honor staff members who go above and beyond to support the University’s 2020 Vision strategic plan. The Staff Hero is nominated by the vice president and presented by President Frederick G. Slabach during 2020 Town Hall Meetings.