Annual Bea Covington Award winner announced


Teresa Chapman, an administrative assistant in the Davis College of Business and Economics, is the recipient of the 2020 Bea Covington Award.

The award, presented annually by the Radford University Staff Senate, honors employees who consistently demonstrate a positive attitude and treat others with dignity, respect and kindness.

“It is an honor to receive the 2020 Bea Covington Award, and I try to demonstrate a positive attitude and treat others as I would like to be treated,” Chapman said. “Thank you to my colleagues who nominated me and to the Staff Senate for selecting me among all of the wonderful individuals who were nominated.”

Staff Senate established the award in 2006 to honor the wife of Radford University’s fifth president, Douglas Covington. Individuals are nominated by their colleagues.

Chapman, who began working at the University in 1989, provides administrative services to the faculty and staff of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Business Law (AFBL) and the Department of Economics.

In addition to her daily tasks, Chapman has assisted faculty with grant-funded conferences that annually bring high school teachers to campus and provided support to the Center for Financial Education and the Center for Economic Education. She coordinates the annual AFBL Firm Night. She works closely with faculty hosting beginning and end-of-year meetings for majors in AFBL and economics and supports events and programs sponsored by the clubs and organizations in accounting, finance and economics.

“Teresa is always positive and often goes out of her way for others,” said Sandra McGrady, an administrative assistant in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) office, who was among those who nominated Chapman. “For her 31 years of constant service to Radford University, I feel the Bea Covington Award is a wonderful way to truly say, ‘Thank You, Teresa!’”

Feb 23, 2021
Chad Osborne