USAO bids farewell to education, president’s assistants

Glasses raised in a toast

USAO bids farewell to education, president’s assistants


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma bids a fond farewell to two beloved administrators on campus: administrative assistant for education and speech-language pathology, Eileen Thomas, and executive assistant to the president and secretary to the board of regents, Diane Carroll.

After nearly 20 years of service, Carroll retired May 2, while Thomas will retire June 30, after more than four decades at the university.

On April 10, a reception was held in the Regents Room to celebrate the many years that Thomas played indispensable role in USAO’s division of education and speech-language pathology. Faculty and staff gathered over refreshments to share fond memories and congratulate her on everything she has done for the university. A similar reception for Carroll took place April 28.

“I have sincerely enjoyed my time at USAO,” said Thomas. “The best part has been the lifelong relationships I have had the honor of developing with the staff, students and faculty. I will always cherish my memories of USAO, but I am also looking forward to the new chapter of my life’s journey.”

Thomas joined the USAO staff in 1982 and was named employee of the year three times. A key member of the staff association, Thomas has helped with fundraising, community service activities, and has served as chair for the past two years. She enjoyed working with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and, for the past eight years, served as captain for Team USAO. Thomas also served on the board of directors for the Chickasha Red Cross and was president of 1st Baptist Church’s Christmas in August.

“I cannot explain how much working for USAO has meant to me,” said Carroll. “Many of my coworkers have become some of my closest friends, and watching our students progress from freshmen to graduates to successful professionals in so many fields has been unbelievably rewarding.”

Carroll has been a member of the USAO staff since 2000, starting as administrative assistant in the office of academic affairs before moving to the president’s office. As part of her duties with the president, she also served as secretary to the USAO Board of Regents. She received the staff association’s staff achievement award in 2002. Outside of the university, Carroll volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, among others. She was also one of the many staff members who are also USAO alumni.