5/1/2010 - Hightower receives award for staff excellence
By Michael J. Brooks
Lesia Barton Hightower received the "Past Presidents Award for Staff Excellence" at Judson College's annual J-Day alumnae celebration on April 10.
Hightower is the eighth recipient of the award begun in 2003 to recognize college staff for their contribution. The award is determined by the past presidents of the Judson College Alumnae Association based on nominations received from Judson students, faculty and staff.
Hightower, Administrative Assistant for Development, has worked at Judson for 11 years.
"Lesia is diligent, punctual and responsive," said Judy Martin, Judson's Director of Development.
"She's very pleasant to work with and people outside the college often comment on her efficiency and enthusiasm. I believe it's partly because she's an alumna of the college and she gives so much back to her alma mater."
Hightower is a native of Heiberger and graduated from Francis Marion High School in Marion. She chose Judson for her college education because it was close to home.
"Perry County was a wonderful place to grow up and I didn't want to leave!" she said.
While at Judson she married her husband, Paul. They have two sons, Houston and Bart. Houston and his wife, Ashley, are the parents of Kelsey, age 5, whom Lesia Hightower calls the "delight" of her life and to whom she's known as "Lele."
Hightower double-majored at Judson in business and computer science and graduated in 1984. She worked at two local industries in Marion before being alerted by her friend Violet Jones about a job opening in the development office at Judson.
In addition to her work in development, Hightower assists with J-Day--the college's annual alumnae weekend--and with the Minister's Golf Tournament in May. College staff frequently call on her to serve as hostess or to superintend book tables.
"I enjoy event planning," she said. "I like being around people and I like being around the students."
Hightower is a member of the Heiberger Methodist Church where she's a former Sunday school teacher and currently serves as assistant pianist.
*Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.