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July 11, 2008

Diane Hudgins captures CW's Eugenia Corrigan Award

Colonial Williamsburg President Colin G. Campbell presented Diane Hudgins with the 2008 Eugenia Corrigan Award at the annual administrative support staff luncheon Wednesday, June 4 at the Williamsburg Inn.

The award criteria reflect the example set by the late Eugenia Corrigan during her 38 years of service to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and include the One Foundation expectations of guest focus, communication, collaboration and stewardship/accountability.

Hudgins came to Colonial Williamsburg in 1988 as a secretary in conservation. In 1989 she transferred to Historic Area programs and operations and in 1996 provided administrative support to the Capitol and Midtown Area interpretive programs as part of Historic Trades, Presentations and Tours. In 1999 she became administrative specialist working with the Historic Trades department. As a recipient of this award, Hudgins received a gold brooch made by Colonial Williamsburg’s former master silversmith Jimmy Curtis.

Jay Gaynor, director of Historic Trades, and her department colleagues believe strongly that she models the One Foundation Expectations and write that she “constantly goes above and beyond in her efforts to welcome and take care of Colonial Williamsburg’s guests in addition to her more formal guest services in the way of program development and assistance and scheduling.”

In nominating this year’s honoree, her colleagues also believe that her communications skills benefit the entire Foundation. She initiates, receives and distributes the mass of information that flows in and out of her department and is “literally the ‘hub’ of Historic Trades.” Because of her efforts, the work and actions of more than 90 department staff are cohesive and coordinated.

Hudgins participates on many teams that assist the Foundation in its mission. For many years she has volunteered for Colonial Williamsburg’s United Way Pacesetter campaign as a department and division captain and member of the planning committee. Her exceptional administrative and organizational skills are apparent in helping to plan and implement the annual United Way Day of Caring.

In the words of her colleagues, “she consistently deals with others in a compassionate and understanding manner and with a high level of integrity and professionalism worthy of this recognition.”

The previous recipients include Marcia Miles, Pat Waters, Bertie Byrd, Velva Henegar, Jane Lloyd, Selena Phelps, Marie Caulford, Susie Davis, Davelin Forrest, Brenda Swann Wagnitz, Stacy Smith and Mary Ann Goode.

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