Jonathan Boulter, associate director of patron services for the Moss Arts Center, is being recognized for his exemplary commitment to his team by promoting work-life harmony. Boulter is the 2017 recipient of the Hokie Wellness Supervisor Spotlight Award.

Known by his peers for building an environment based on mutual respect, helping his team work together toward a common goal, and leading by example, Boulter strives to help every employee feel valued.

“He recognizes that our employees are the most valuable assets in our organization and provides them with attention, support, and appreciation,” said Kacy McAllister, box office manager for the Moss Arts Center.

According to his colleagues, Boulter supports their work-life harmony by encouraging personal and professional development, arranging networking opportunities at conferences, and allowing flexibility in their schedules. Boulter is also credited with supporting his employee’s wellbeing by holding a book club and monthly yoga classes at the Moss Arts Center for his employees.

A Virginia Tech alumnus, Boulter began his career at Walt Disney World, but made his way back to the university in 2012. He credits his success as a supervisor to the leadership philosophy he follows.

“I have learned under the leadership philosophy to respect, appreciate, and value my employees,” he said. “I think when you live this philosophy as a leader you start to create strong employees who want to be part of your vision and the mission of your work.”

Boulter said he was honored to know that his employees appreciated his leadership approach.

“It’s always an honor when you see that your employees feel valued and included in the team,” he said. “To be recognized by them for this award shows me that we are doing something right on our team.”

The annual Supervisor Spotlight Award is given to a supervisor at Virginia Tech who epitomizes and promotes work-life balance through consistent recognition of and responsiveness to their employees’ professional and personal lives.

Renee Eaton, undergraduate program director for the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, and Ellie Sturgis, associate director for clinical services and staff psychologist for the Cook Counseling Center, received honorable mentions.

Written by Ana Agud, wellness program coordinator, Hokie Wellness