Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement at Pellissippi State Community College, has been awarded the Otis Floyd Jr. Award for Excellence in Administration.
The award is presented annually by the Tennessee College Public Relations Association. TCPRA is an alliance that represents communicators of Tennessee’s public and private colleges and universities, two-year technical schools, technology centers and community colleges.
The Award of Excellence recipient is a Tennessee higher education administrator who is recognized for superior achievement. Criteria for the award include innovation, leadership, vision and communication. This year’s award was presented at the Meeting in the Mountains/TCPRA Spring Conference 2010, which took place in May at Maryville College.
Otis Floyd Jr. was the first black chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents. TBR is the governing body of Pellissippi State, as well as 12 other community colleges, six universities and 26 technology centers in Tennessee. Floyd passed away in 1993, and TCPRA established the Otis Floyd Jr. Award for Excellence in Administration in his honor.
Wilson began at Pellissippi State, then known as State Technical Institute at Knoxville, in 1983 as coordinator of Business and Community Services. Since that time, the former high school teacher has assumed many leadership roles with the college.
In 1994, Wilson became the first female vice president at Pellissippi State, when she was promoted to vice president of Administrative Services. She has served in her current role as vice president of College Advancement since 2001.
Also in 2001, Wilson was named executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation coordinates two annual fundraising events: the Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament at Egwani Farms in Blount County and the Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Under Wilson’s direction and with the active participation of its board of trustees, the Foundation recently concluded the Changing Communities, Changing Lives Major Gifts Campaign. The campaign exceeded its goal of $6 million by more than $1 million.
“Peggy Wilson exemplifies true leadership in higher education,” said Allen Edwards, president of Pellissippi State. “She balances the interests of our students, faculty, staff and community in making certain that our college serves everyone to the highest and best of its ability. Add to that her dedication to continual improvements, and you have a talented and valuable leader.”