Peggy R William photoThe Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award is presented to a woman who is in the early stages of her career, demonstrates excellence in her contributions to students, colleagues, and/or her institution (in such areas as service, innovative programs, teaching, research, etc.), and shows promise and potential for future contributions.

Peggy Williams assumed the presidency of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, in 1997, and stepped down in 2008 after eleven successful years in the office. She was the seventh president of the college and the first woman president. Prior to Ithaca, Peggy served as president of Lyndon State College for eight years. In addition, she held positions of Associate Academic Dean, Chair of the Business and Economic Department and Associate Professor at Trinity College. In the fall of 1990 she received recognition from Creating Excellence magazine, being named to the publishers' list of Vermont's "Top Ten Achievers." She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont and a B.A. from St. Michael's College of the University of Toronto.

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