Longtime GWU Staffer to Retire After Notching More Than 40 Years of Service

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Vickie Webb Morrison Leaves Role in Student Development at the End of March

photo of Vicki Webb MorrisonBOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – When she walks away from her desk after more than 40 years of service at Gardner-Webb University, there is one thing that Vickie Webb Morrison promises she will not miss. Not one little bit.

“Technology!” Morrison resolutely declares, quickly adding that when she retires from GWU later this month, she will miss the staff she works with, the friendships she has made, and the work itself. “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.”

Born and raised in Shelby, N.C., Morrison and her husband, Steve, live in Mooresboro just past the Broad River, in a home they built log-by-log. “Since we did most of the work ourselves, it took almost two years to complete,” she shares. They now enjoy hosting their three grown children and four grandchildren at the property, where they raise or pasture a range of animals such as goats, sheep, chickens, donkeys, alpacas, llamas, and horses.

“I have been anticipating retirement for quite some time,” she stated. “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.”

With a deeply entrenched work ethic, Morrison certainly understands the value of hard work and perseverance. She graduated from Burns High School (Lawndale, N.C.) and then attended Cleveland Community College in Shelby where she earned an associate’s degree. She worked from 1972 to 1974 first as a billing clerk for a dental office and later as a bookkeeper for an automotive dealership. In 1976, she accepted a role at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs.

“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 & 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.”

Dr. Dee Hunt, GWU Vice President of Student Development, is a beneficiary of Morrison’s significant professional attributes. “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 reflected.  “She is a level-headed, authentic role model who keeps her composure in the midst of crises, is willing to help out in any way she can, brings wisdom and insight to our entire department, and knows how to interface with people from all walks of life.”

The bottom line for Morrison—just as it has always been—is about people. “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.”

Morrison’s final day at Gardner-Webb will be at the end of April. She will leave with the designation as the longest-serving staff member in the University’s history.

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university that prepares students to become critical thinkers, effective leaders and compassionate servants in the global community. Emphasizing a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics, Gardner-Webb ignites learning and service opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu.