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Mary Jane Scarborough

Mary Jane Scarborough
Date Honored: 11/10/2015

2015 Administrative/Professional Support Award of Excellence

Department: Horticulture

Mary Jane Scarborough is the type of hyperorganized, diligent person who can make even the most disorganized undergraduate student or harried researcher seem "together" by proximity.

Since 1987, she’s helped bring a sense of order and calm to the UGA Department of Horticulture, which encompasses three campuses, 71 faculty and staff members, a 90-acre research farm and 54,527 square feet of greenhouse space.

Since assuming her current role as administrative specialist in 1996, Scarborough’s organizational skill and dedication to the department impacts every departmental function, from the promotion and tenure systems, to class scheduling, to grant accountability.

“I have always told her that I am going to retire when she retires, as I worry about the department without her on board,” wrote one horticulture professor in his recommendation letter in support of Scarborough’s award.

Students, faculty and staff agree that Scarborough’s positive attitude and professionalism make their time working or studying at the Department of Horticulture a positive experience.

Scarborough’s rapport with the department’s 65 undergraduate and 22 graduate students also makes her indispensable. Graduating seniors often list Scarborough’s helpfulness and attention to detail as one of the reasons why they enjoyed their time at UGA.