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HR Director Receives Award

Patricia Burks-Jelks, Director of Human Resources, Equity and Diversity at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, has been recognized as the 2012 recipient of the June Anderson Award; the most coveted award of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET).

The past president of the Tennessee College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, Burks-Jelks has been a dedicated and long-time member of WHET. “This award is very well deserved,” commented Robert Moore, UTSI Executive Director. “Patricia is genuinely concerned for the welfare of others, especially the advancements women have made in the workplace.” Throughout her career she has been an advocate for equality and inclusion in the workplace, encouraging employees and students to further their education and fulfill their career goals. In 2009, Burks-Jelks achieved one of her own personal goals and completed her Master’s degree. “Patricia actively pursues training opportunities and encourages all to partake. She has an open door policy for all that need assistance. We are fortunate to have Patricia as a part of the University of Tennessee,” stated her co-workers.

For the past 26 years WHET has celebrated women who have made significant contributions for the advancement and empowerment of women in the State. By working collaboratively with the American Association of Community College Women, programs such as the June Anderson Award have supported the core values of leadership, networking, and connection among women in the Tennessee higher education community. For more information about WHET, please visit