Known as a consummate professional and a distinguished professor, Vicki S. Freeman, PhD, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CMSC, FACB, serves as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Suzanne Logan Endowed Professor, and Marie Hall Scholar at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas.
In parallel with her academic achievements, Dr. Freeman joined ASCP and started volunteering on education and certification committees, moving up the leadership ranks. She became an ASCP consultant for the Global Outreach Program, traveling to various countries in sub-Saharan Africa to train laboratory professionals.
To show appreciation for her great work for the Society, she will receive the prestigious ASCP Mastership. “I am proud to be recognized by a Society where pathologists and laboratory professionals work together to enhance the quality of laboratory work through certification and education,” Dr. Freeman said. “I value the relationships that I have developed with ASCP members through my involvement.”
“Vicki is a dedicated, hard-working, and consummate professional, and a source of inspiration to her colleagues,” wrote Marian J. Cavagnaro, MS, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CMDLMCM on Jan. 13, 2011. “She has demonstrated excellent leadership, teamwork, communication, and strategic planning skills throughout her professional career.”
One of her mentors, John R. Snyder, PhD, MT(ASCP)SH, encouraged Dr. Freeman to continue her education at the graduate level. Early in her career, she struggled for eight years and through six universities to complete her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Her husband was in the U.S. Air Force, so the couple moved often and two of their children were born during those years. Once the first bachelor’s degree hurdle was cleared, however, Dr. Freeman sprinted through earning a bachelor’s degree in medical technology, a master’s degree in adult and continuing education, and a doctorate in community and human resources.
Another mentor, Lee H. Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLMCM, inspired her and taught her new technology and travel skills during her early trips to African countries such as Ethiopia and Malawi.
Professionally, Dr. Freeman has increased the number of students in the clinical laboratory scientist program at UTMB and developed many different tracks, so that many students have more flexibility to pursue their education. She knows firsthand that flexibility helps make higher education possible for more students.