West Virginia Universitys Staff Council has recognized a former administrator and a long-time staff advocate for leadership and long-time commitment to classified staff.
Former WVU Chief of Staff David Satterfield received the Mertins Leadership Award. Hayward Helmick, a retired 30-year employee of the WVU Physical Plant and former Staff Council president, has won the Mertins Staff Advocacy Award.
WVU Staff Council President Terry Nebel praised the two for their hard work over the years, citing numerous incidences in which they created greater opportunities for staff.
“Both Satterfields and Helmicks legislative work to change and improve policies that impact staff are legend,”Nebel said.”Both have gone to great personal and professional effort to ensure that WVU classified staff concerns are well known and addressed by persons in power.
“This opportunity to recognize two individuals who have had such great impact on classified employees is rare,”he added.”It’s like winning the Powerball and the Daily Number on the same day.”
Helmick retired from the WVU Physical Plant as manager of recycling in 1999. He served on Staff Council for many years before taking the reign as president in 1992, a position he held for an unprecedented seven years.
As Staff Council President, Helmick tackled many serious issues, including salary schedules, individual employee grievances, campus-wide day care for employees children, health insurance and sick-leave policies, to name a few.”In my opinion,”Nebel said,”Hayward Helmick has set the standard for being an advocate for employees. He was tireless, dedicated, extremely knowledgeable and respected by his peers, legislators and the University administration.”
David Satterfield is WVU s former Chief of Staff and vice president for Institutional Advancement. He left the University last year to become executive director of the West Virginia Development Office.
“Dave Satterfield was a great example for other University administrators to emulate,”Nebel said.”He was a straight shooter and brutally honest. He recognized the unique challenges faced by staff and was very proactive in addressing problems.”
In his WVU role, Satterfield was chief advisor to WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr., served as WVU s primary government relations executive, and supervised Athletics, Internal Audit and the communications units.
“Mr. Satterfield has been instrumental in educational reform, not just at WVU but also statewide,”Nebel added.”In 1992, he was appointed by then Gov. Gaston Caperton to study post-secondary education in West Virginia through the Higher Education Advocacy Team (HEAT) and make recommendations to improve opportunities for state citizens. That effort resulted in significant legislative reforms and increased investments in West Virginias colleges and universities.”
Satterfield earned two music degrees from WVU and joined the faculty in the WVU College of Creative Arts in 1983. He also served as assistant band director of the WVU Marching Band. As a faculty member, he chaired the WVU Faculty Senate.
The Mertins Leadership Awards for Staff Advocacy were developed through the WVU Staff Council with the support of WVU President Neil S. Bucklew in 1994. The awards were named in honor of Dr. Herman Mertins who served as vice president of Administration and Finance from 1981-1995.
Both Satterfield and Helmick will be recognized at the upcoming Weekend of Honors Convocation Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Mountainlair ballrooms. The ceremony recognizes outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni. For more on either the convocation ceremony or other Weekend of Honors events, call Kim Stafford, 304-293-8029.