Jana Hardage, donations manager at Ouachita Baptist University’s Office of Development, has been named the university’s 2021-22 Support Staff of the Year. Hardage was recognized in March by the university’s staff development committee and Dr. Ben R. Sells, president of Ouachita.
She was chosen from a pool of candidates who demonstrated exceptional performance in their job responsibilities; build positive relationships with students, colleagues and members of the public; and to support the mission of the university.
“The Staff Development Committee received several excellent appointments,” said Jason Tolbert, vice president of finance at Ouachita and chair of the committee. “Jana’s appointment underscored how much she has excelled in all of these areas.”
“It’s a great honor to be named among such a deserving group of staff,” Hardage said, “and it’s very encouraging to feel so valued by our peers and those we support.”
Hardage graduated cum laude from Ouachita in 2021, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies through Ouachita Online. She joined the Development Office as an administrative assistant in 2014 and became a donations clerk in 2016.
“Stewardship of our donors is important work, and we couldn’t do it well without Jana’s commitment and hard work. Every gift we receive passes through his hands,” said Carrie Roberson, Director of Development at Ouachita. “She is particularly attentive to our donors and is always ready to answer any questions they may have about their support for Ouachita. Jana is highly respected and valued by her colleagues, and we are very pleased that she has been honored as Support Staff of the Year.
Ouachita began recognizing Support Staff of the Year in 2001. The winner receives a certificate and cash award and is honored on Support Staff Day – “a day that allows us to spend time together and enjoy great camaraderie,” Hardage said. “This year we had a devotion centered on 1 Corinthians 15:58, ‘Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm, steadfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your work is not not vain in the Lord.’
“We can all feel a little like our work is in vain from time to time as we try to navigate life in this world, but this verse is a great reminder that we ultimately serve the Lord,” he said. she added, “and He blessed greatly to allow me to do this in Ouachita.
For more information, contact Jason Tolbert at (870) 245-5409 or [email protected]