Dr. Linda Lord, Associate Dean for Professional Programs, was presented with the University Career Services Committee (UCSC) Career Services Award at the UCSC Annual Speaker event on Thursday, May 14. The award goes to a member of the Ohio State community whose position is outside of career services and formal job responsibilities do not include career advising or counseling. This person also works with students informally to promote career development, and demonstrates leadership in supporting Career Services programming as a significant campus activity. Dr. Lord exemplifies all of these characteristics.
She was nominated by Amanda Fark, Director of the Office of Career Management, Kelsey Kerstetter, Career Advisor, and Dr. Rustin Moore, Associate Executive Dean. Amanda Fark gave remarks during the luncheon and shared with the audience the influence Dr. Lord has on the office and students. “Dr. Lord is committed to our students and their success and willing to give them whatever they may need to help them get where they want to go. She truly embodies what this award is about,” said Fark.
Dr. Lord has had a strong influence on career development for Ohio State veterinary students, but also for veterinary colleges nationwide. Her nominators wrote, “While Dr. Lord’s commitment to career services has positively impacted the entire College, it has also influenced the veterinary profession on a national level as Ohio State is the first veterinary college to designate an office directly responsible for career services. Because of the level of success we have already experienced, other schools have followed suit, thus elevating the significance of what Dr. Lord has accomplished.”
When she first took on the task of implementing a Career Services office for veterinary students, Dr. Lord worked with numerous members of the University Career Services Committee, including Jamie Mathews-Mead, Senior Director of Graduate Career Management at Fisher College of Business, and Amy Thaci, Director of Engineering Career Services. She thanked both Jamie and Amy for their continued support at the luncheon.
As the nominators said, “Dr. Lord is a trailblazer.” The Office of Career Management continues to offer and add services for both students and alumni, and would not be able to further its impact without suggestions, connections, advice, and support from Dr. Lord. She is truly an advocate for the College of Veterinary Medicine and for the career and professional development of alumni and students.