A routine Zoom meeting turned into a surprise celebration for John Hulsey, a faculty member in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, who was selected for the most recent Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight award.

PSO Vice President Jennifer Frum joined the start of the Government, Training, Education and Development (GTED) Zoom meeting to announce Hulsey’s award.

“This award recognizes employees who really go above and beyond in the course of their daily work,” Frum said. “Thank you so much for the work you do for Vinson, GTED and UGA.”

A framed certificate and a box of treats will be delivered to his home in Gainesville.

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Hulsey, a certified public finance officer and a certified government financial manager, was nominated for the award by Courtney Alford-Pomeroy, the Vinson Institute’s communications director.

In her nomination, Alford-Pomeroy cited Hulsey’s support of other faculty and staff members in the Vinson Institute, and willingness to share his time to help with duties outside his own when the Governmental Training, Education and Development (GTED) team was short-handed.

“He’s taking extra time to help other presenters learn new software, talking through each step in simple, easy-to-digest directions and volunteering to do additional run-throughs until everyone is comfortable,” Alford-Pomeroy said. “We work with a ton of great people at CVIOG. I really am so grateful for the team we have here. But some stars shine extra bright, and John Hulsey is one of them.”

Prior to joining the Institute of Government in 2012, Hulsey served as a finance director in local government. He has over 17 years of local government financial management experience in such areas as accounting, budget, debt management, financial reporting, and project management. Hulsey is a past president of the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association, an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (where he also serves as an adviser to the GFOA Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting), and a member of the Association of Government Accountants.

Hulsey is the fifth PSO employee to receive the spotlight award since it was launched by the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach in November.