Gail Bartee Canterhas worked at VCU for 22 years, with 16 of those years dedicated to the College. She currently works in the Dean’s Office as a Business Manager and recently joined the Humanities Research Center team as the Office and Fiscal Manager where she assists in event planning and special projects in addition to her fiscal duties. As the Business Manager for the Dean’s Office, she provides fiscal support to Development and Alumni Relations as well as other financial support when needed. Juggling roles and responsibilities in different departments is a challenge but Gail is learning that prioritization is key since both are of equal importance to her.
She is the 2014 – 15 College of Humanities & Sciences Staff Council Treasurer and has previously held other offices on the Staff Council. During her time at VCU, she has continued her professional development and education. In 2006, she completed the Grace E. Harris Leadership Development Program, and in 2007 she completed the College Business Management Institute 3-year program.
She brings a positive perspective on change and new ideas to improving the operational efficiency of her departments:
“Although we sometimes find ourselves resistant to change, I’ve learned that taking the opportunity to make a change can be rewarding. Having recently taken on a new role in The Humanities Research Center, I’ve been given the opportunity to make a “fresh start” and feel that I am more productive and content in both my work and personal life. I’ve become more efficient and would encourage others to seek out an opportunity to make a positive change.”
For Gail, the best part of her job is working with faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds. She aims to represent the College in a positive light through her professional manner in various roles.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Humanities Research Center and am looking forward to its continued contribution to VCU, as well as the community. As an employee of the Dean’s Office, it is my mission to represent the dean in a professional manner while providing the best support possible.”
In her spare time, Gail enjoys singing and playing the guitar and attending music festivals while traveling with her family in their RV. She is the proud mother of an 18-year-old daughter named Leslie, who will be attending VCU in the fall and enjoys spending quality time with her family that includes a diva Pomeranian named Muffin. She is currently preparing to run her 5th Monument Avenue 10K on March 28 and looking forward to celebrating her second wedding anniversary on March 30.
*This profile is sponsored by the H&S Staff Council
written by Denise Johnson