Shorter University

Patrick McElhaney, director of admissions, has been recognized as Shorter University’s 2020 Staff Member of the Year.

The award, based on nominations from faculty and staff, is given to an employee who has displayed helpfulness and encouragement to students, loyalty to the university, effectiveness in fulfilling job responsibilities and cooperation in relationships with fellow employees.

“Shorter University is blessed to have staff members who are committed to honoring the Lord in all they do,” said President Don Dowless. “As both an alumnus and member of our Admissions staff, Patrick is a valuable part of the Shorter family. We are grateful for the fine work he does to help recruit students.”

McElhaney began working at Shorter in June 1999 as an admissions counselor. He is a 1993 graduate of Shorter, having majored in Independent Studies. He earned his Master of Arts in Leadership from Shorter in 2005.

McElhaney and his wife of 24 years, Dawn, live in Taylorsville with their daughters Lauren, Anna Kate, Mallory and Finley. They are members of Cartersville First Baptist Church.

Shorter also recognized McElhaney and Candi Himes, senior executive assistant to the president, for 20 years of service to the university.

Recognized for 15 years of service were Larry Arrington, director of student engagement and success; Lisa Keith, associate professor of biology; Linda Palumbo Olszanski, director of international studies; and Dawn Tolbert, associate vice president for university communications.

The following were recognized for 10 years of service: Candy Edwards, director of advancement services; Clint Helms, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and associate professor of biology; and Hannah Rogers, financial aid advisor.

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