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From left to right: Wilmer Smith, Lamonya Davis and Wendy Syer.

Sixty-five UT Knoxville-area employees with 25 or more years of service to the university were honored Tuesday, May 18, at a service award luncheon hosted by Interim President Jan Simek, Vice President Joe DiPietro and Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek.

The honorees hold a wide variety of jobs in departments ranging from chemistry to comparative medicine and from development to dining services. Some of those recognized have worked at UT for 40 years or more.

From left to right, Teresa Gilbert, Virginia Yeary and Gilbert's guest.

“The commitment these men and women have shown to UT is commendable, and it is essential to the university’s mission,” Simek said. “Since the university’s people are its greatest asset, the dedication of these faculty and staff is fundamental to the university’s strength.”

Visit the Service Awards website to to view a sampling of stories that showcase some of UT’s long-serving employees: Mary Cruise, Kathy Forrester, Teresa Gilbert and Darrell Hale, all with 30 years of service; and Connie Goff Sharp and Jeannie Underwood, both with 25 years of service.