Anderson honored with Gloria White Award – The Source
Anderson honored with Gloria White Award – The Source

Chris Anderson, grounds manager and gardener at Washington University in St. Louis, has contributed to the university landscape for the past decade.

“When you look around campus and marvel at our stunning landscape, that’s Chris’ work behind the scenes,” said Mary Ann Dill, project manager at Facilities Planning & Management. “Chris’ work helps us all thrive in this environment. If you need proof, just go outside and look.”

Anderson was selected as the 2024 recipient of the Gloria W. White Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an employee who goes beyond their daily job to make an impact on the university. The award was established in 1998 in honor of White, who was a campus leader for nearly 35 years until her death in 2003.

Anderson is a certified arborist and brings 38 years of horticulture and landscape design experience to his work. As part of that work, he has developed a partnership with the Biology in the Humanities and Sciences faculty and their students.

“WashU is a great place to work because what we do here has real meaning.”

Chris Anderson

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is witnessing the amazing collaboration between our landscaper, biology department, campus community and students that has resulted in elevating our landscapes to incredible levels,” Anderson said.

In recognition of his achievement, Anderson received an engraved glass award and $1,000.

“WashU is a fantastic place to work because what we do here has real meaning,” said Anderson. “When you’re passionate about what you do and work with the people involved, everything else falls into place.”

In addition, other university employees were recognized at the 2024 Recognition Gala, held on May 28 at 18Rails in City Foundry.

Police officers with comfort dogs
Officers Greg Casem (left) and Jesse Siefert of the Washington University Police Department work with comfort dogs Brookie and Bear in 2023. (Photo: Sherry Haines/Washington University)

Officers Greg Casem and Jesse Siefert of the Washington University Police Department, two handlers of WUPD’s comfort dogs, received the Community Impact Award.

Renee Parks, senior research manager at the Brown School’s Prevention Research Center, received the Emerging Leader Award. John Henderson, senior manager of the Benefits Service Center in the Office of Human Resources, received the University Operations Award, which recognizes a Central Fiscal Unit employee who provides exceptional customer service to employees, students and community members.

A university-wide selection committee selected the award recipients based on their contributions to furthering WashU’s mission in education, research and patient care. Several staff members were also honored for their contributions to the Danforth Campus schools and the School of Medicine.

A full list of this year’s award winners, as well as employees celebrating their service anniversaries between five and 55 years, can be found on the Human Resources website.

By Everly