NPS Student Services Office Bids Farewell to Longtime Staff Member
By MC2 Brian H. Abel
NPS Student Services Administrator Mario Salim, right, shakes hands with colleagues following the presentation of the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award during NPS President’s Council, Sept. 26 in Herrmann Hall. Salim will soon retire after 16 years of civil service, matched by his 20-year active duty career as a Navy Personnelman.
“I worked here for 16 years and I really have mixed emotions, because I love what I’m doing here serving my students and all the staff,” said Salim.
“During Mario’s time at NPS, he has become an institution,” added NPS Dean of Students Cmdr. Paul Rasmussen. “His professionalism, work ethic and mission accomplishment are second to none. NPS has maintained its superior reputation because of super stars like Mario Salim. He will be missed.”
Rasmussen’s sentiment is echoed throughout the Dean of Students office, with staff cautiously wondering how they will continue to provide equal service without, as Executive Assistant Chris Browning says, the department’s “linchpin” on the team.
“I’m so thankful that I have very supportive coworkers ... It makes my job, and their job, easier,” said Salim. “Without them, I would not be able to have all the success I have had in our department. I wish I could stay for another four years to have a 20/20 career.”
But retirement is calling, Salim says, and his plans on spending quality time with his wife, daughter and grandchildren are his highest priority now.
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