EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: NANCY NGUYEN
If you work in Administration and
Finance, chances are you know Nancy Nguyen. She’s the friendly
face and welcoming smile in the lobby of the Office of the
Executive Vice Chancellor/Vice President of Administration and
Finance. As the administrative assistant, Nguyen is the
gatekeeper of sorts for division-wide projects, meetings and
celebrations and the right-hand-woman to our A&F leaders.
A Houston native, Nguyen joined the UH family in February 2008
after learning about the position during a career fair at
Reliant Stadium. Before the fair, she was working in the medical
field providing administrative support for a private clinic and
was hoping to find a new opportunity. She is now in charge of
the day-to-day activities in the office providing administrative
support to Dr. Carl Carlucci, Emily Messa and Tom Ehardt.
Throughout the day, she is in charge of scheduling, organizing
meetings, assisting in the development of presentations, and any
other administrative duties that may come up. She said she has a
variety of tasks but there isn’t one that she prefers over the
“I love them all!” she said. “I just like keeping busy. It’s
very fun and very interesting.”
When she first began her position, she said it was a very
memorable time because of the support and friends she found at
the university. She said the group in the business services
office during that time were always there to help her out when
she had questions.
“They are the most adorable people!” she said. “They helped
guide me step-by-step when I was new to the university. They
Now Nguyen has settled into her position and feels confident
being in the center of the action. In her position, Nguyen has
the opportunity to facilitate meetings for Administration
and Finance Leadership as well as several A&F committees. She
said she feels these meetings are an important part of our
administration because decisions are made based on participation
and feedback from all facets of the campus community including
faculty, staff and students. She said she admires the people in
her office and has learned a lot from them.
“I’m very fortunate that Emily and her group are the ones that
trained me how to be efficient and cultivate me in this job. I
see how they work, how passionate they are, how courteous they
are and it motivates me to be in that path and made me learn
that that’s the best way to communicate with everyone and to get
the best results in your career,” she said.
She has also been inspired by these leaders to go back to school
this semester and pursue her degree in accounting. She credits
them as her “main motivation” and currently attends classes
part-time, balancing her full time position with the university
and her time at home with her two-year old daughter, Jocelyn,
and husband of four years, Chau.