40 Years of Service

Vickie Webb Morrison has served Gardner-Webb University for 40 years.

For more than 40 years, Vickie Webb Morrison has enjoyed the daily opportunity to work with outstanding people through her career in Gardner-Webb University’s student development offices. And as she retires from Gardner-Webb with the distinction as the longest-serving staff member in the University’s history, it’s the community’s people she will miss most.

"I love working with students," she explains, "and I have tried very hard during my years at GWU to treat our students as I would want others to treat my own children and grandchildren—with kindness, love, understanding, patience, and encouragement."

Born and raised in Shelby, N.C., Morrison joined Gardner-Webb in 1976. "I have spent my entire 40 years at Gardner-Webb in the offices of student development, first as a secretary to the directors of men’s and women’s services, then, beginning in 1988, as administrative assistant to the vice president," she reflects. "I have worked in three buildings and for five different VPs, four presidents and two interim presidents. I have seen many changes over the years."

But what hasn’t changed is Morrison’s significant professional attributes, shares Dr. Dee Hunt, GWU Vice President of Student Development. "For 40 years, Vickie has performed her duties quietly, without seeking the limelight, with an amazing blend of professionalism, dignity, ethical behavior, and class," Hunt affirms.

Morrison, who lives with her husband, Steve, in Mooresboro in a home they built log by log, admits retirement will be an adjustment. But she looks forward to spending more time with their three grown children and four grandchildren.

"I have been a full-time employee since I was 23 years old and it will definitely be a change for me not to get up every morning and go to work. I will probably drive my husband crazy by cleaning everything in our house over and over," she shares. "I have been anticipating retirement for quite some time. I plan to relax, go camping, and enjoy every minute of every day—whether it is working in my flower gardens or enjoying my grandchildren and family members."