In this post we recognize Carol Quenneville, Vehicle Fleet Coordinator in Facilities Services for her 25 years of service to Middlebury. Carol shares how her career and family have changed (and grown) over the years, as well as some of her favorite activities at Middlebury. Read on to learn more about a dedicated mom and employee, and get the inside scoop on the best place to watch the sun rise on campus.
What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?
Prior to Middlebury College, a family member and I operated a small Mom and Pop store/gas station in Whiting (it was called Quennevilles’ Store). In that 5 year time span I had my two sons. If they were not with me at the store, they were with their dad on the dairy farms.
What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?
I was hired to work in the Purchasing Department. Along with the purchasing part of the job I was in charge of the College vehicle rental fleet. A few years ago the Purchasing Department restructured and I was transferred to Facilities. The transition consisted of being Vehicle Fleet Coordinator, along with clerical assistance for Custodial, and back up for the Facilities Control Desk.
Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?
Raising two young boys and living on a dairy farm were the things in my life at the time that kept me really busy.
What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?
My husband retired from dairy farming. After taking the time to build our new home, he now works at Middlebury College. I am enjoying my expanding family. My oldest son is married and my first granddaughter is due at the end of March. My youngest son is engaged, and we are very happy to welcome his fiancée to our family.
Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?
I enjoy the College fitness center. I like to keep active and Middlebury College is a great place to do this, from the athletic facilities, to just walking across the beautiful campus.
What are your plans for the next 25 years?
I look forward to retirement within the next 8 to 10 years to have time to enjoy my family and friends.
Do you have a favorite place on campus?
I have enjoyed many early mornings at the Alumni Stadium while either running the steps or just walking or running the cross country trail and stopping there to see the sunrise.