Meet a General: Emily Floyd As executive assistant to the director of University Advancement, Emily Floyd has interacted with people all over the world. But she still finds time for her favorite pastimes: bargain shopping and Candy Crush.
“I enjoy my interactions with faculty, staff, alumni and parents. I’ve made some great friends and I get to interact with people all over the world.”
~ Emily Floyd
Where did you grow up?
I’m a “townie.” I grew up right here in Lexington.
How long have you worked at W&L?
I have been fortunate to work at W&L for 10 ½ years, all in the same position for the same supervisors.
What does your job here entail?
The short answer: I support the vice president for University Advancement and the director of Special Events. University Advancement is comprised of Alumni Affairs, Communications and Public Affairs, Development, Law School Advancement, Lifelong Learning, Special Events, and University Collections of Art and History. My responsibilities include the day-to-day management of the VP’s office, including budgets, correspondence, travel and scheduling. I manage Advancement-related travel and briefings for the president. I assist the director of Special Events with on- and off- campus university events.
What do you like best about working at W&L?
Definitely the people. I enjoy my interactions with faculty, staff, alumni and parents. I’ve made some great friends and I get to interact with people all over the world.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I am a serious bargain shopper. I always have some sort of project I’m doing and love to find interesting and eclectic things to repurpose. I’ve just discovered the wonder of chalk paint.
If you could live anywhere, where would you build your dream home?
Granted, I’ve not traveled the world but I am pretty happy right here in this area. It is a great environment to raise a family and there is a great sense of community.
What book are you reading now?
I have always been a voracious reader but have not made the time to delve into a good book in quite some time. I did start a book called “Roxanna Slade” by Reynolds Price last week.
What’s your favorite kind of music/artist to listen to?
I enjoy a wide variety of music, including hip hop and bluegrass, but my favorite genre is rock and roll. My top three bands in order:
- Led Zepplin
- Guns N’ Roses
Do you have an all-time favorite film? If so, what?
“The Lord of the Rings” movies. Every one of them!
What’s your desert island food?
I have a weakness for candy bars, especially PayDays.
Tell us some things most people don’t know about you.
- I am pretty much a world champion Candy Crush player. I am currently on level 3,548. I’m waiting for it to become an Olympic sport and I will be proud to represent the USA.
- I have two superpowers: speed reading and proofreading (my eye is naturally drawn to the mistake. I wonder what that says about me.)
- I am a 4H public speaking champion.
- I am 11th of 13 children.
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