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A&F says goodbye to two outstanding employees

Lisa Schmith and Phil Butler have worked at Towson University for a combined 68 years. Below they remember successes and memorable moments, and their colleagues offer a few parting words.

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Lisa Schmith

From working as an Administrative Assistant in Event and Conference Services to becoming an Employment Specialist in Human Resources, from bowling and playing softball in faculty/staff leagues to volunteering at commencement, Lisa’s done it all at TU. And she’s excelled cheerfully:  Jen Stano, Human Resources Manager, describes Lisa as having “an ease about her, with a contagious smile and laugh.”

Below Lisa talks about her most memorable TU moment, her favorite part about working for the university and her retirement plans.

On the best thing about working at TU:

I love the friendly atmosphere walking around campus and interacting with students, faculty, staff and visitors. I have met so many wonderful people during my time here at Towson and many of those people are family to me.

On her most memorable experience on campus:

I was lucky enough to receive my 30-year service award from [President Emerita] Maravene Loeschke in May 2014. I am so grateful that I got to share that day with her, because the Service Awards are one of my favorite events at TU. I also loved volunteering at commencements, and I truly believe no one does a better graduation ceremony than we do!  I also had great times playing softball and bowling with faculty and staff.

On post-retirement plans:

I am planning to do some traveling, but most importantly I plan spend time with my three granddaughters and elderly mother and mother-in-law.  My husband is still working so the travel plans may have to wait a little.  My daughter will be attending graduate school here at TU in August, so I will continue my association with the institution I care about so much.

Phil Butler

Phil Butler

Including his tenure with TU, Materiel Management director Phil Butler has worked in the USM for almost 40 years (35 of them with Towson). He’s served on several committees, including TUSC and CUSS, where he represented Towson University staff. As TUSC co-chair he worked on the staff development conference planning committee for 12 years. Warren Riefner, director of operations and maintenance, describes Butler as “fiercely dedicated to both his staff and to Towson University.”

Below Phil shares retirement plans, his most memorable TU moment and what he likes best about working at TU.

On his most memorable experience at TU:

So much stands out in my mind when I think about TU, including becoming a director after years of hard work and commitment. But I think my favorite experience was earning my BS in accounting and walking across the stage to accept my degree.

On the best thing about working at TU:

The best thing about working here has been the people, hands down. It was also a blessing to have the opportunity to further my education while here.

On post-retirement plans:

My wife and I plan to move to Florida where I hope to spend a lot of time fishing, drawing, painting in oils, bicycling, lounging by the pool and on the beach, and doing some traveling.


What are your fondest memories working with Lisa and Phil? Share in the comments section below!


Written by Tyler New

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