“Sam is a joy to be around,” says Lisa Miller, associate dean for administrative services at the nursing school. “He goes out of his way to help people. He is very helpful and very caring.”
Deal has been the facilities manager in the School of Nursing for 10 years. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the building, from telecommunications to housekeeping to ergonomics to emergency detail. The original Carrington Hall was built in 1969, and an addition was completed in 2005. Managing both facilities is like working on a “Model T and cutting-edge technology at the same time,” Deal says, and that’s fine with him.
“No two days are ever the same,” he says. “You never quite know what to expect.”
This year, Deal was honored with two awards at the nursing school. He received the Outstanding Staff of the Year Award and the H.O.P.E. Award, which stands for Helping Other People Excel. He’s the first staff member at the school to be selected for both awards in the same year.
Miller says Deal really looks out for the school and is a great advocate for it. As an example, she said that one day a potential student and her parents came into the building right around 5 p.m., just when most people were leaving for the day. Sam, however, offered to give the family a tour and spent a considerable amount of his own time showing them around.
“He’s a community steward for our University as well as our school,” Miller says.
Deal, who grew up in Hillsborough and lives in Mebane with his wife and two daughters, says the School of Nursing is the best place he’s ever worked.
“I truly love what I do and who I do it for,” Deal says. “I love the nursing profession. In my opinion, it is the profession of caring.”
Published September 11, 2013.