Burkett recognized at annual service awards reception

By James Irwin
University Public Affairs

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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Dr. Rao, Ph.D., presents the Service Excellence Award to Diana Burkett.

Diana Burkett, APR, director of communications and enrollment management in the VCU School of Education, received a President's Service Excellence Award at the university’s annual service awards reception, celebrating faculty and staff for their ongoing service to the university and VCU Health.

Burkett, a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, has 12 years of experience in communications and public relations, including at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Edelman Public Relations and Chandler Chicco companies.

Faculty and staff celebrating from five to 55 years of service were also recognized at the event, which featured remarks from VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D.; Faculty Senate President W. Scott Street, Ph.D.; and Staff Senate President Nick Fetzer.

“VCU is a great place — a great place to live, a great place to learn, a great place to create and help to transform society, and without question a great place to heal,” Rao said. “And so the pursuit that we have made together of transforming people's lives within Virginia and beyond has had a tremendous impact.”

The steady factor in that pursuit, Rao said, is VCU’s employees who connect with students and patients at both the university and the medical center.

The 2018 Service Awards List is available here.

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