Presidential Award of Excellence
Senior Program Assistant - Family , Home and Garden Center
Pamela Doherty in front of the Extension Education Center in Manchester, N.H.
Pam Doherty says it was good luck that brought her to UNH Manchester six years ago, but there’s no doubt the team she supports in the Cooperative Extension Family, Home and Garden Education Center (FHGEC) think they’re the ones who got lucky.
Hired as an administrative assistant, Doherty soon distinguished herself as a quick, creative learner who was ready to take on any task—and complete it in a fashion that exceeded anyone’s expectations. A self-taught computer whiz, she designed several wikis—Web sites to which multiple users can contribute—for the Master Gardener Program as well as a scheduling tool to coordinate the program’s many volunteers. Doherty’s artistic bent has manifested in a range of well-received FHGEC marketing projects, including the sign design for Manchester’s and Durham’s Green Roof Project—one of which hangs in Holloway Commons—and the award-winning NH Outside calendar.
“Pam is always looking for new ways to improve the FHGEC and its operations,” says Alice Mullen, FHGEC administrator and extension educator. Mullen notes that Doherty’s successful efforts often reach beyond the Manchester campus. In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, for example, Doherty suggested developing an alert system using text messaging on cell phones. “Pam contacted the head of UNH security and the President’s Office and today that system is in place,” Mullen says.
Doherty’s drive for excellence is personal, as well. In May, she received her bachelor’s degree with distinction at Granite State College and she plans to pursue a master’s of education, with a focus on online learning. Not that Doherty is planning on leaving UNH any time soon. “I feel extremely valued and supported by the FHGEC team,” she says. “I love coming into work every morning—it feels like coming home.”