Vickie Thornton Receives Staff Outstanding Service Award

Vickie Thornton with awardOn January 21, 2020, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center, Vickie Thornton received a Staff Outstanding Service Award from the LSU Foundation. These awards were "established to recognize the superior work performance and outstanding contributions of full-time, non-academic staff employees of the LSU A&M campus and the LSU AgCenter." 

Before joining the Department of Chemistry, Vickie worked as an administrative assistant for LSU Press for 16 years. In 1997, Vickie Thornton transferred to the Department of Chemistry as Administrative Assistant to Dr. Isiah Warner and was then promoted as the Administrative Assistant to the Chair. For 18 years, Mrs. Thornton served as Administrative Assistant to the Chair for eight different department chairs. In September 2015, Mrs. Thornton became the Department of Chemistry’s Operations Manager. Her current formal job duties include the management of departmental buildings, inventory, and safety compliance. In addition, she serves as the backup for the shipping and receiving manager.

As Operations Manager, Mrs. Thornton has improved the department’s efficiency, facilities, and safety. For example, Vickie has modernized the departmental Shipping & Receiving in which all chemicals are logged into the LSU Safety Office chemical inventory and bar-coded before releasing them to researchers. In addition, she has maintained accurate equipment inventory management, arranged renovations of research laboratories, and improved safety protocols and planning with Fire and Rescue workers for three chemistry buildings: Choppin Hall, Virginia Rice Williams Hall, and The Chemistry & Materials Building.

Vickie Thornton at award ceremony with colleagues"The buildings are a valuable, yet easily overlooked resource. For example, Choppin Hall was constructed in 1976 yet the interior did not receive its first repainting until Vickie’s actions of 2017. It looks so much better.  Loose steps on the fire escape stairs are repaired; broken baseboards are repaired. It’s not perfect, but it’s so much better than before," stated Professor Les Butler. 

Also, Mrs. Thornton’s polite efficiency and positive attitude with students and colleagues further demonstrate her commitment and dedication to LSU Chemistry. According to Professor Isiah Warner, "Vickie is skilled, persistent, and diplomatic, but gets things done professionally and swiftly due to her winning personality."

Mrs. Thornton shared, "I agree with Mark Twain in that when you find a job you enjoy it never feels like work. I am extremely blessed to have a job I want to come to every day."

Congratulates to Mrs. Vickie Thornton for the 2019 Staff Outstanding Service Award.

For more information about the Staff Outstanding Service Award, visit the LSU Foundation.