If you’ve ever wondered if your career can make an impact, look no further than the video above. Faculty and staff from across campus jumped at the chance to offer appreciation and well wishes for Benefits Manager David Curtis, who will retire today after more than 25 years with Towson University. In his time on campus, Dave made a lasting impression on colleagues and customers alike.
“The most rewarding part of my job is the people,” Dave said, and that attitude shows in Dave’s willingness to go the extra mile for faculty and staff needing benefits help. Alongside Benefits Specialist Gail Price, he’s held employees’ hands during open enrollment and been our go-to guy when life takes big turns: Marriage. A new baby. Retirement. An illness in the family. Dave’s friendly consults help alleviate stress during times of major change.
But here’s the thing about truly liking what you do—it makes the thought of retiring bittersweet. Dave says he has to remind himself to stop second-guessing his decision and instead focus on his retirement goals. He wants to spend more time with his grandchildren, take a stab at walking the Appalachian Trail and plan a river cruise through Europe. But that said, his passion for Human Resources makes him doubt he’ll be able to stay out of the field entirely.
Though excited about his future plans, Dave says he will miss watching the university grow and change. He’ll also miss seeing his colleagues every day, and joining them for a weekly tradition:
“I’ll miss $5 Fridays at The Glen,” Dave says with a smile. “But I will figure out a way to get the staff discount – you mark my words!”
Dave, I wish you the best of luck in your well-deserved retirement! Thanks for all of the years of help and hard work.
Do you have well wishes or words of thanks for Dave? Share them with him in the comments section below!
Written by Lindsey Morgan