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Chesapeake College's Simpson wins ACCT award

Posted on Tuesday, September 06, 2005


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association of Community College Trustees has named Chesapeake College´s Anita Simpson the recipient of the 2005 Northeast Region Professional Board Staff Member Award.

Simpson, who serves as both executive associate to Chesapeake College President Stuart Bounds and assistant secretary to the college´s Board of Trustees, was president of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network in 2003 and served as immediate past president last year. Simpson moved into a PBSN leadership post as member-at-large in 2001, and was secretary in 2002. She was nominated for the professional board staff award by Dr. Bounds.

"Anita is the consummate professional in her support of our board," said Dr. Bounds. "This is much-deserved recognition."

Simpson, who will receive her award Thursday night at the ACCT Annual Community College Leadership Congress in Seattle, said she was honored by her selection.

"I feel a great deal of gratitude to the President for nominating me and to the Board for their total support of the nomination," said Simpson. "When you like your job and try to give it your best effort, it is very gratifying to have those efforts recognized – but it is a bit overwhelming to have them recognized at this level."

In addition to the regional award, Simpson has been nominated for the prestigious National Award, the winner of which will be announced at the Seattle conference.

Margaret Myers, chair of the Chesapeake College Board of Trustees, said she isn´t surprised by Simpson´s selection.

"Anita has been a national leader in the Professional Board Staff Network a number of years, and she has done outstanding work in support of both President Bounds and the college´s Board of Trustees," said Myers. "Everyone on our board appreciates the key role she plays in helping us to accomplish our mission."

Myers noted Simpson has played key roles in several significant board initiatives, including shifting most board correspondence to an electronic format.

"Anita is always looking for cutting-edge ways to support the board," said Myers.

Simpson resides in Stevensville with her husband, Tom.


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