Bress, Frye, Griffin honored with Vermont higher education awards

first_imgBRESS, FREY AND GRIFFIN HONORED WITHVERMONT WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION ANNUAL AWARDSVermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) recently announced its award recipients at the organization’s annual conference held at the Lake Morey Resort last month.The awards are named after three outstanding women leaders in Vermont higher education: Sister Elizabeth Candon (former president of Trinity College), Jackie Gribbons (former Dean of Women at UVM), and Peggy Williams (former president of Ithaca and Lyndon State Colleges).Gayle Bress, Coordinator of the Hughes Endeavor for Life Science Excellence (HELiX) Program at the University of Vermont, was given the Sr. Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award. This award is given annually to a woman who has shown evidence of promoting and working toward the advancement of women in higher education and administration, and who has been involved in national, regional, state or local professional and/or service organizations. Bress’ nomination cited her leadership in local efforts to encourage young women to pursue careers in science.Cathy Frey, Dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences at Norwich University, was honored with the Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award. This award recognizes a woman who has demonstrated leadership, served as a mentor for aspiring professionals, developed innovated programs, and contributed significantly to her institution and profession. Frey was identified by her colleagues as a “woman pioneer” in academic administration at Norwich, and noted for her passion in recruiting mathematics majors from underrepresented populations.Patricia Griffin, Resident Dean and Women’s Sports Coach at Landmark College, was given the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award. This award recognizes a woman in the early stages of her career in higher education who demonstrates excellence in her professional contribution to students, colleagues and/or her institution. Griffin was recognized for connecting deeply with, and advocating for, students, as well as for her innovative student development programming.VWHE is sponsored by the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education, based in Washington, D.C., and has been active in the state of Vermont for nearly 25 years. VWHE works to foster connections among women in various sectors of higher education, promote women’s leadership and encourage and support women leaders of diverse backgrounds. In addition, VWHE works through state and national organization networks to identify, recommend and advance women in higher education here in Vermont. The organization maintains an open membership policy and welcomes the participation of women from all levels of administration, staff and faculty.Additional information on Vermont Women in Higher Education can be found at www.vwhe.org(link is external).# # #last_img read more