COB secretary retires after 24 years

Fun, helpful, student-oriented and conscientious are words colleagues have used to describe Judy Chapman, who will retire on Jan. 31 after 24 years at Butler.

Chapman leaves behind many responsibilities in her current position as the secretary of undergraduate programs for the College of Business.

During her time at Butler, she has worked on graduation audits, helped faculty assign advisors and assisted with new-student advising.

Chapman originally worked for Butler in the chemistry department. She left for a couple of years and worked in an eye surgeon’s office. Eventually decided she liked Butler better and came back to work in the speech department. She remained there for nine years.

Later, Chapman switched to the College of Business and has been working there for the past 15 years.

“I love the campus,” Chapman said. “I love the faculty and the staff.”

Pamela Rouse, accounting instructor, has worked with Chapman for 17 years.

Rouse said when students need to get something done, they go to Chapman.

“She has a lot of expertise, and she’s going to be sorely missed by students and faculty because she’s just always been there for everybody,” Rouse said.

Sharon Bratcher, COB faculty secretary, said she hired Chapman to work in the college because Chapman had a good sense of detail and knowledge of the university.

Priscilla Cobb, college of liberal arts and sciences office administrator, was working at the in COB when Chapman joined the department. The two have remained friends even though Cobb is no longer in the college.

Cobb said Chapman has always gone the extra step to help out.

“She is so helpful to all the students,” Cobb said.

Chapman said she plans on coming back to campus every so often to participate in a knitting group with colleagues.

In addition to knitting, Chapman said she plans to catch up on reading, visiting friends and volunteering during retirement.

Chapman said without hesitation that she will miss students most when she retires.