For the fourth straight year, two dedicated Widener employees have been honored with the William David Eckard Jr. Award for Distinguished Service. William David Eckard III, longtime vice president of administration and finance at Widener and a 1966 PMC graduate, established the Eckard Award in memory of his father to promote and reward excellence.
The $3,000 per person cash grant award recognizes one full-time administrative staff person and one full-time support staff person who has worked for the university on a full-time basis for at least 10 years and has consistently performed above and beyond the call of duty.
This year’s recipients are Connie Sweeney, coordinator for special programs for the School of Law, and Christine Weist, administrative assistant to Dean and Associate Provost Stephen Wilhite on the Chester campus.
Sweeney, an 18-year veteran of the School of Law in Delaware, was selected out of 20 nominees. Widener President James T. Harris III recognized her dedication to the School of Law during the May 6 town hall meeting. “Sweeney is described by colleagues as dependable, conscientious, and meticulous,” he said. “She continues to take on more responsibility as her career progresses and, considering that she is a one-person office, her output is phenomenal.”