“Live your life as if everything you do will be on the front page of the New York Times,” a high school social studies teacher once told Lydia Beaver and her classmates.
Lydia has never forgotten those words. Whether she’s interacting with her family or colleagues, she strives to act with integrity at all times.
“If you live your life with integrity, then all else will fall into place,” she says.
Lydia received a B.A. in American studies from Trinity College and a MPA from Columbia University. She planned to work in local government, but upon arriving in Washington, D.C., she found very few job opportunities in that arena. She accepted a position as research assistant with the International City/County Management Association, a professional and educational organization for appointed government administrators throughout the world. In this position, Lydia traveled extensively around the United States, and now has the distinction of visiting every state except Hawaii.
She and her family moved to Texas in 1993. After enjoying several years at home with her two children, Lydia reentered the workforce, working at an insurance company before arriving at Northwest Vista College six months ago. As administrative assistant to Jackie Claunch, Lydia works closely with the president, handling all of her scheduling and administrative needs. Lydia also enjoys serving on college-wide process improvement teams and assisting students who call or visit the President’s Office.
“You can always help people by going that extra step,” Lydia remarks. “This college is an excellent place for students to get an education and transform their lives. We should keep that in mind every time we serve them.”
In her spare time, Lydia serves on the Boerne ISD School Board and has chaired several bond and PTA committees. Some of her other hobbies include hiking and wildlife management; she and her husband are learning how to attract and create a natural habitat for birds.
Three years ago, she climbed Mount Washington with her two daughters, fulfilling a longstanding family tradition. As a child, Lydia climbed Mount Washington with her mother, who climbed the mountain with her own father.
“Lydia brings an incredible work ethic and a valuable perspective drawn from her experience in education, in the community, and in the business world,” says Jeff Hassmann, assistant to the president. “She also brings a spirit of joy to the office, which makes working with her such a pleasure.”