Bobby Vaught, a housekeeper at Lane Hall for 27 years, received a 2005 President’s Award for Excellence.

The award recognizes selected staff and administrative faculty for their outstanding contributions to Virginia Tech. and nominations are received from all areas of the university recognizing excellence in the performance of job duties and responsibilities Recipients are selected by a committee of classified staff and administrative faculty appointed by the president.

Vaught, who retired in June, worked for a very challenging building. One of the oldest buildings on campus, Lane has 84 offices in five bays, three floors, no elevators, and no connecting bays above the first floor. So people could find him when they needed him, he hung a white rag in the bay in which he was working at the time. He kept the building meticulously clean and safe and the old building in really good condition. He made Lane's inhabitants comfortable by vacuuming and straightening rugs, cleaning and stocking bathrooms, cleaning classrooms and conference rooms, checking the windows and radiator knobs for leaks and breakage and the light fixtures for burned-out light bulbs, and checking with each staff person each day to see if they need anything special.

In addition to his housekeeping duties, Vaught became a valued resource on local culture and provided information to the Appalachian Studies students and faculty. He knows the history of Lane and was proud to show it off to visiting alumni. Vaught retired from Virginia Tech with the knowledge of the appreciation the staff and faculty had for his work.

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