Most Admired CEO
George Fox alumna Peggy Fowler (’73) sits in the hottest of hot seats in Oregon business. She is chief executive officer and president of Portland General Electric, a subsidiary of scandalstained Enron. She’s a lightning rod for criticism and bad press.
It seems she’s weathered it well. In December, she was recognized by Portland Business Journalas the Most Admired CEO in Oregon. The recognition was part of the newspaper’s Oregon’s Most Admired Companies program. About 800 Oregon CEOs or senior officers of companies with Oregon operations voted in the survey.
Fowler is a former member of the George Fox Board of Trustees and the former chair of the Oregon Independent College Foundation Board of Trustees.
Bravo in Boise
The Idaho Business Review selected Beth Schafer, an assistant professor of business at the Boise Center, as one of the recipients of the Idaho Women of the Year award. Each year, approximately 35 women professionals receive the honor based on their leadership and service. Schafer coordinates the MAOL service learning and MBA community learning and consulting projects for graduate students in Boise.
A $10,000 grant will help make a difference in the lives of more than 60 sixth-graders, while also providing learning opportunities for eight psychology graduate students.
With funding from the American Psychological Association, the George Fox students present Coping Power, an early intervention program, to at-risk youth in five area school districts. The curriculum addresses anger management, peer pressure, and goal setting.
“The benefits are threefold — our students receive training in behavioral intervention, we provide a service to school districts, and we benefit from the research,” says psychology professor Mary Peterson, who administers the program with adjunct professor Elizabeth Hamilton.
“Sixth grade is a transition year when kids make several pivotal decisions,” Peterson says. “It’s an ideal time to present this material.”
Book of George Fox
A President’s Report outlining the university’s “Defining Chapter” effort was distributed this spring. The 24-page, full-color publication also includes updates on the Annual Fund and Henry Mills Society endowment fund, summaries of campus news and information, an update on the engineering department, and profiles of current students.
In the spotlight
Bryan Boyd (right), assistant professor of theatre, received a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Meritorious Achievement Award for his set and light design work on the university’s production of Machinal. The play’s student sound designer, Mark Williams, won the same honor. For Boyd, it was his 12th such honor in six years. This year, he also won the KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for set design on Western Washington University’s summer theatre production of Proof.