Debra S. Harris is Susan B. Clark Honoree in 2012

Debra S. Harris, administrative coordinator in the Department of Pathology, is the winner of the Susan B.Clark Administrative Award in 2012, a prestigious honor presented annually to a Duke Medicine administrative professional who demonstrates the qualities exemplified by Clark during her remarkable career – dedication to the institution, service to others and personal strength of character.

Harris, who has worked for Duke Medicine since 1976 and in the Department of Pathology since 1991, received the award Jan. 16 from Chancellor Victor J. Dzau, M.D., president and CEO of Duke University Health System, during a special luncheon held in her honor.

“Debra embodies all the qualities of dedication, service and character that go into making her a role model for others at Duke,” Salvatore Pizzo, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Pathology, and Lisa J.H. Cichon, M.D., a third-year resident in pathology, wrote in co-nominating her for the Clark Award. “She upholds the tradition of devotion to work and to the well-being of her co-workers that distinguishes Susan Clark and all the prior recipients of this award.”

As the Clark Award winner, Harris received a special “weekend getaway” provided by Duke Medicine, $550 toward the getaway and a plaque.

“Duke has been part of my life for over 35 years. I have never been prouder of the work we do here for our patients, and in support of our doctors, nurses and trainees,” said Harris, who started her Duke career at the Family Medicine Center, then on the campus of what is now Duke Regional Hospital. “This is a special honor because I know that Susan Clark was so well-loved by the people she served.”

The Clark Award, established in 2007, is not the first significant honor Harris has received in her years at Duke. In 1985, she received the Duke Presidential Leadership Award from then-President Terry Sanford.

posted from announcement on February 20th, 2013
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