Pat Keane, Clayton State University’s longest-tenured staff member, is retiring at the end of April 2014
Not only has she been with Clayton State longer than any non-faculty member (and there are very few faculty who have been with Clayton State longer) but she is also the winner of the University’s 2013
Alice Smith Staff Member of the Year Award. Keane, who worked for Clayton State for 30 years, is currently the administrative assistant in the Athletic Department, her fourth position at the University. She first worked part-time at Clayton State as the switch board operator, starting in 1984. She then moved over to work full time in the Continuing Education Division, and later spent several years in the Office of Media & Printing Services before joining the Athletic Department
A native of Mt. Airy (McPherson Street) and Flourtown, Keane graduated from Mt. St. Joseph Academy in 1965 as Patricia Stoffyn. Her husband, John Keane, is a Chestnut Hill native who grew up on Devon Street. The Keanes have three children, and have lived in Morrow, Ga., for 40 years, with numerous trips back to Chestnut Hill during that time. However, the Keane’s next trip will be to spend 19 days in Europe, starting with a river cruise from Nuremberg and ending in Budapest.
In her 30 years at Clayton State, Keane has been the face of an institution that has grown from a junior college to a university. In honor of her years of service for Clayton State, she was feted by the Athletic Department and dozens of her peers, including a large contingent of previously-retired Clayton State staff, with a retirement luncheon on Friday Apr. 25.
“I don’t believe there is a better environment than a college campus to work. Helping students and coaches make their dreams come true is so rewarding. I look forward to coming to work every day… of course working with awesome colleagues helps too!,” said Keane on the occasion of winning last year’s Smith Award.
Before she leaves Clayton State, Keane will receive one more honor. At the Tuesday, Apr. 29 Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony, she will receive her 30 year award from the University, an extremely rare accomplishment for a staff member. But, the again, Pat Keane is an extremely rare individual. Clayton State will not likely see her equal any time soon.