Dean of Students Dr. Suzy Jones and Director of Public Safety and Security Ryan Anderson were recently honored with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) Employer Patriot Award. Certified Public Safety and Security Officer Brian Buss, who serves in the Army National Guard, nominated the two.
The award honors supervisors for support provided directly to the nominating service member and his or her family. According to ESGR’s website, “the Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.”
According to Anderson, since his time on staff, Buss has participated in various deployment exercises while also maintaining a regular training and drill schedule with the Guard, all while remaining dedicated to Lindenwood students.
“For us, it’s really about communicating and collaborating so that we can remain dedicated to the needs of our students and our employees,” said Anderson. “With that, we consider the needs of our employees and work hard to accommodate their private lives if needed, because we know that being dedicated to our employee base is what retains the most qualified professionals for the work we do on this campus.”
Anderson said that supporting Buss in his need for a more flexible schedule and hours to accommodate his training schedules was an easy decision to make, as he is a valuable member of the Lindenwood staff.
“We have to continue to support our employees like this, because as we work to remain dedicated to the employees that comes back to us as their dedication for the university also grows,” Anderson said.
“I feel supported in knowing that Ryan and Suzy are willing to work with me to accommodate my commitment to the Guard,” said Buss. “I felt that needed to be recognized and appreciated, and I’m very proud to be a member of their team in support of the university’s mission.”
Photo Cutline: Dean of Students Dr. Suzy Jones and Director of Public Safety and Security Ryan Anderson were recently honored with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Employer Patriot Award for their efforts made to support National Guardsman and Certified Public Safety and Security Officer Brian Buss, at center.