McGee honored with IUPUI Gerald L. Bepko Staff Council Spirit Award

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The exterior of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. (IL file photo)

An Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law administrator was recognized with one of IUPUI’s highest honors in a November ceremony.

According to a news release, IU McKinney Associate Director and Academic Advisor of Graduate Programs Anne McGee received the IUPUI Gerald L. Bepko Staff Council Spirit Award.

McGee was honored during the Chancellor’s Staff Recognition Ceremony on Nov. 8.

The award is presented to full-time staff members who exemplify the spirit of IUPUI through their extraordinary service and special contributions.

The award is named after the late Bepko, who served as IUPUI chancellor emeritus and dean emeritus of IU McKinney.

McGee’s supervisor, Associate Dean of Graduate & International Programs Professor Tom Wilson, nominated her for the award.

“Before I assumed this role in July of 2022, the graduate programs office had experienced the loss of three employees, leaving only Anne. Anne worked tirelessly to help get the office back on its feet, daily learning and carrying out the tasks formerly done by the departed employees,” Wilson wrote in his nomination. “Anne’s extraordinary effort is explained by her defining characteristic: she loves the law school, she loves IUPUI, and she loves our graduate students. Almost all of our LL.M. students are foreign nationals who come from countries all over the globe. Anne understands the anxiety these students feel when they leave home and come to Indy to pursue a dream. She makes it her mission to make sure the foreign students’ needs are met. To them, Anne is a wise counselor, compassionate counselor, and smiling friend. She eases fears and inspires success.”

McGee’s colleague, Andrew Bell, a web developer at IU McKinney, also nominated McGee.

“Anne’s spirit is contagious. She has done wonders to improve the morale and engagement of staff here at the law school. … By uniting staff from different departments throughout the building she has built a strong (camaraderie) between our various units which has provided an internal support system that we didn’t even realize was missing,” Bell wrote.

Assistant Dean for External Affairs Elizabeth Allington, who has worked with McGee for nearly 10 years, also nominated her for the award and noted McGee’s passion for inclusivity.

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