COLLEGE STATION – Terry Lovingshimer, facilities manager in the Texas A&M University department of biochemistry and biophysics, has been honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award for business and operational staff.
Lovingshimer received the award on Jan. 8 during the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference in College Station.
The Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence were established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife and provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those honored.
Lovingshimer, who has been with the department for eight years, started as inventory clerk and became facilities coordinator in 2007.
“All members of the department now view Terry as the ‘indispensable person,’” said Dr. Gregory Reinhart, department chair. “Terry manages all aspects of the building’s operation, from interfacing with physical plant to the repair of scientific instruments.”
Reinhart said Lovingshimer often works evenings and weekends to assure the facility runs smoothly for faculty, staff and students. His ability to fix aging scientific equipment and his implementation of preventive maintenance, Reinhart said, has saved the department and individual research groups thousands of dollars.
Lovingshimer was also cited for his added responsibilities of managing a second building – the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility – for the past two years.
“Terry is the ‘go to guy’ who can be counted on to solve problems,” Reinhart said.