Flexibility key as Deakin staff members hit 40 years service

5 July 2010

Today, Monday 5 July, will be a day of celebration for two “rare” Deakin University staff members, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, Chris Kelly and Accounting Systems Manager, Wayne Myers (OAM).

The two men, who are both based at the University’s Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, will receive awards for 40 years service with the "University and its antecedent institutions" along with 39 other staff members who will be presented with awards for 25 years service or above.

Apart from their length of tenure - 40 years service with one organisation being a rarity in the world of today’s mobile workforce - both Mr Kelly and Mr Myers have achieved this milestone by having been ‘founding’ staff members of the University that was established in 1974 and which formally began teaching its academic programs in 1977.

Mr Kelly joined the teaching staff of the Gordon Institute when teaching was best described as a ‘chalk and talk’ delivery mode and Mr Myers joined the Gordon at a time when computers had a room of their own and were making inroads into business processes.

Both Mr Myers and Mr Kelly cite flexibility and an ability to cope with and engage with change as key attributes to working in any organisation for a long time.

“Sometimes length of service can be a hindrance, because you see things that have been done before but the value of past experience is that you can refer to it and say these were the reasons why it was a problem and look at how you can overcome that,” Mr Myers said.

Mr Kelly, who commenced his professional career as a corporate auditor said working at the University for such a long time had been challenging and exciting.

To read more about Mr Kelly's time at Deakin click here.

To read more about Mr Myer's time at Deakin click here.

News facts
  • Long serving staff members honoured
  • Flexibility key to staying with one organisation

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Deakin Media Relations
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5th July 2010