Carol Rush, staff assistant for the Office of External Relations at Duke Divinity School, has received a Meritorious Service Award from Duke University for outstanding job contributions in 2011 as part of the annual Presidential Awards . The awards are among the most prestigious honors given to Duke staff and faculty.
Rush, who received the service award in the Clerical/Office Support category, was one of 13 Meritorious Award winners and five Presidential Award winners.
Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead honored the 2011 recipients  at an April 18 luncheon. Presidential Award winners received a Presidential Medallion and $1,000 check each. Meritorious Award winners received a plaque and $100. The recipients also received invitations to attend the Founders' Convocation and to serve on the selection committee for the following year's Presidential Awards.
“Carol has provided conscientious and creative leadership adding immeasurably to the consistent success of our work with fundraising, alumni programs, leadership events, and donor relations,” said David Lindquist, director of development for the Divinity School.
Rush has worked in the Office of External Relations for the last six years and in the Office of the Dean of the Divinity School for the previous two years. She also has worked in a variety of other areas in the university with a total of more than 12 years of service at Duke.
“I love that no two days are the same and that I am in a very positive work environment with people who are committed to what they do,” said Rush, who will earn a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Western Carolina University in May through participation in the Duke Tuition Assistance Program. “I also love that I work in one of the most beautiful places in the country.”