Each February, Baylor continues its tradition of honoring the service of faculty and staff with the annual service awards ceremony.
The awards represent the recipient's years of loyal service and contributions to the life of the University. Awards are presented in 5-year increments, beginning with year 5. (The awards are for service through the preceding year.)
In February 2014, four people received their 40-year recognition: Jane Abbott-Kirk, Jerry Gordon, Franklin Potts, and Daniel Scott. One person received 45-year recognition: Shirley Bradshaw. One person received 50-year recognition: Clyde Hart and one person received 55-year recognition: Roger Kirk.
Baylor University First Lady Alice Starr, with assistance from Vice President for Human Resources John Whelan, recognized recipients during the ceremony.
The annual ceremony was established in April 1972. Prior to that time, the University had held service awards ceremonies on an irregular basis. A 1957 program was the first to honor a 50-year-pin recipient, Mrs. Lily M. Russell. Since then, Baylor has recognized four other 50-year-pin recipients: Dr. Rufus Spain, Dr. Roger Kirk, Dr. Bob Patterson and Coach Clyde Hart. In 2013, Baylor recognized our first 55-year recipient, Dr. Rufus Spain. Dr. Roger Kirk was recognized for 55 years of service in 2014.