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Forever Blue: Founders Day 2024 Honorees

2024 True Blue Award Recipient Edwin "Pete" Varner

Edwin “Pete” Varner, the recipient of the 2024 Spelman College True Blue Award, has been a dedicated member of the Spelman College community for 18 years. When asked how he feels when reflecting on his years of service and success, he is still “loving it.” Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Varner is a proud graduate of Grady High School. “True blue” and true to the Atlanta sports scene, Varner is an avid Falcons, Braves, and Hawks fan.

Varner serves as the facilities coordinator for Spelman College. Beginning as a mail clerk in 2006, Varner then served the College community as an expeditor. His mastery of that position, paired with the care and attentiveness he put forth during those years, earned him the role of facilities coordinator. In this position, Varner humbly provides exceptional leadership and effectively communicates with our internal community and external vendors and partners to ensure visions and needs are realized. Integral to the campus culture, Varner oversees campus facilities, and coordinates and assists facilities and maintenance staff (FMS) with program and event set-up, breakdown, and cleanup.

Varner was previously named the Spelman College UnSung Hero (2013-2016) for consistently maintaining excellent standards and representing the Spelman College community in such high regard. His consummate care, unmatched reliability, and ability to avail himself to the needs of departments, programs, and organizations campus-wide for innumerable occasions and immeasurable experiences have deemed him a most deserving recipient of such honors. Varner’s incredible people skills, whether displayed during consultations and planning or high-energy moments, prove to be most impactful and have also served as a foundation for respected, harmonious relationships with the greater campus community, campus partners, and the team he leads and works alongside day in and day out. This congeniality, skill set, and valuing people and purpose led to Varner and his coworker receiving the “Duo” award.

In recognition of his exemplary dedication as facilities coordinator and in prior roles, Varner has been selected as the 2024 True Blue Award honoree. Undergirded by his enthusiasm, encouraging nature, motivating character, and team approach, he prides himself on providing and promoting satisfaction through his daily efforts. Hard work has transformed into heart work, and for Edwin “Pete” Varner, the Spelman College community is grateful.