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Saying goodbye to Benefits Manager Dave Curtis

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

12 Responses to “Saying goodbye to Benefits Manager Dave Curtis”

  1. Tom Durange

    Dave, going to miss you. You have helped me numerous time over my time here. But more than that you always had time to stop and chat for a moment or two, a genuine nice person. Good luck in you future endeavors..

  2. Rosario I. van Daalen


    You have been not only a great asset to Towson University but to the entire University System of Maryland. I and the entire USM Benefits Coordinators Committee will miss you, your contributions to our discussions, your knowledge and advice, your assistance to all the coordinators through our “Buddy System”, your ability to work cooperatively with other State agencies on issues that impact our employees and programs, your great sense of humor, and much more. Now it is time for you to focus on you, not to “retire” but to start a new adventure, a new stage in your life. Have fun, explore, enjoy and most of all stay healthy and keep your great sense of humor. Thank you for all your work and for your friendship. God Bless. Rosario.

  3. Wayne Sharrer

    Dave – You will not regret this decision. Thanks for helping me along the way.

    Wayne Sharrer

  4. Joanne Anderson

    Dave —

    You have the patience of a saint and I want you to know it is very much appreciated. You are in the enviable position of being able to do the things that make your heart sing; God bless and enjoy your retirement. I should have made more appointments with you when I had the chance, then maybe I’d have a clue when I could join you in retirement 🙂

  5. LaVern Chapman

    Dave – Thank you for assisting me when I returned to Towson. You have truly been patient, pleasant, and willing to go the extra mile. This is a time to look ahead with anticipation of more great things to come (the islands, maybe?!). Take care and God bless.

  6. mary helen mcsweeney-feld

    Dave, we’re all going to miss you! best wishes in your Third Age…

  7. Rochelle, UMBC


    I kick myself for missing your farewell on the 24th. You know I wish you all the best in your new adventure. I know it is a truly exciting new phase of your life that you will enjoy. You definitely deserve it. While I will miss you greatly, I am happy and excited for you. Stay strong and keep the faith!

  8. Avalon Ledong

    Dave,Congratulations on your new career. All the best.

  9. Dave Rieger


    We’re all gonna miss you, ol’ buddy! The USM meetings won’t be the same without you. Thanks for all of your help over the years. I hope you have a wonderful retirement. You deserve it!

  10. Rashel Freeman Byrd (UMUC)

    What a “Great” tribute to a wonderful colleague! Dave you have taught me so much about the State of Maryland Benefits you were my go to Guy when I started in December of 2002 and you continued to be a wealth of knowledge over the years. I also enjoyed your sense of humor, kind words and quirky comments. I wish you all the best in retirement!

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