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The University of Southern Maine Presents Emerging Classified Staff Award to James Wakefield

James Wakefield and USM President Theo Kalikow

James Wakefield of West Newfield was given the Emerging Classified Staff Award at the President’s Opening Breakfast recently at the University of Southern Maine.

Wakefield has been employed as a heating and air conditioning technician in USM’s Facilities Management since 2009. He was nominated by his colleagues for his exceptional hard work, drive to look for ways to improve and upgrade department processes for carrying out its workload and seeking out cost-saving measures. As a result, Wakefield has upgraded and continuously monitors USM’s complex building automation system and identified aging system issues for all mechanical units on campus. He is recognized by his peers for his ability to work with others, collaborate to solve problems, innovate and contribute without dominating an undertaking and his extra effort and tenacity in solving problems.

He holds a Maine Journeyman’s 1 and 2 license, a 608 Universal Refrigeration Certification, a 410A certification, is certified as an electrician helper and high pressure boiler operator. Wakefield also has an associate in applied sciences degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning from Southern Maine Community College.

The Emerging Classified Staff Award is given annually to a member of USM’s classified staff with under five years of service to USM. Recipients are recognized for their exceptional service to the University, their profession and community, and for showing outstanding promise for continued excellence and achievement within their field.