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Martina Pelley Retires June 30 After 31 Years At UF Law

Published: March 17th, 2003

Category: News

Coordinator for Administrative Services Martina Pelley will bid the law school farewell June 30, concluding 31 years of exemplary service to the College of Law and close to 40 with the university. “Working with Martina over the past year has been an extraordinary pleasure, and it’s hard to imagine the law school without her,” said Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Michael Friel. “She has done a wonderful job, and we’ll miss her very much.” “I’m sad I won’t be here to see the results of the renovations and other changes, but pleased that such wonderful people — all of whom I will miss very much — will be here to take care of the law school,” said Pelley. After she retires, Pelley’s position will be reconfigured and combined with other responsibilities into a new position — associate dean for administrative affairs — now held in transitional/ learning mode by former Student Affairs Assistant Dean Patrick Shannon (see page 3). “I’m delighted Pat was chosen, and that we have been given time to work together to ensure a smooth transition,” said Pelley. Pelley joined UF law in 1971 as secretary to Legal Information Center Director Betty Taylor, who later recommended her for the position in the Dean’s Office. “Over the years Martina worked for the library, she was constantly seeking better ways of doing things,” said Taylor. “She was a joy to work with and adept at dealing with the many unexpected challenges that arose every day with a sense of humor and purpose.” “Having worked closely with Martina for more than two years, I understand that she is, in many ways, the heart of the law school,” said Professor Michael Seigel, former associate dean. “She is a classic ‘un-sung hero,’ handling so many things so well behind the scenes that faculty and other staff are simply unaware of it.” “It has been my good fortune over the years to work with five deans — Dick Julin, Tom Reed, Jeff Lewis, Rick Matasar and Jon Mills — and six associate deans, and discover they each were terrific in their own way,” said Pelley. A Gainesville native, she received her B.A. (sociology) and M.A. (education) from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the law school, she worked for the UF J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center in orthopedics, communication disorders and purchasing.

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