Winner of MCC Vice President's Award Announced

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 1, 2005) -- Peg Lowery, executive director of The Foundation for Manatee Community College (MCC) Inc., has been chosen by Dr. John Rosen, MCC vice president of academic affairs, as the winner of the Vice President's Academic Excellence Award. Her name also will be included in nominations for prestigious 2006 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.

Winners of the Vice President's Academic Excellence Award exemplify qualities of excellence and have an extensive history of service to the institution. As the newest recipient, Lowery will serve as mace bearer for December 2006 and May 2007 College graduation ceremonies, and she will address the District Board of Trustees about why she chose to work at a community college.

"Under Peg's tireless leadership, the Foundation incredibly has grown its endowment portfolio to more than $33 million. Each year, it provides almost $1 million in scholarship assistance to students to help them achieve their dreams," said Rosen.

The Foundation, the private fundraising arm of the college, also provides stipends for professional development for faculty and staff, and funds for equipment and books. Lowery, who has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, was named the Foundation's executive director in 2000. She also is the winner of a 2004 Florida Junior/Community College Student Government Association Bob Graham Distinguished Service Award.      

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