The Moorpark Chamber of Commerce hosted a dinner Friday, January 25 at the Moorpark Country Club to honor individuals, service organizations and businesses for their work in the community during 2007. At the dinner, retiring Moorpark College President Eva Conrad was given the Visionary Award. In her acceptance speech, Conrad thanked the Chamber for the honor and praised the vision of the California state legislature in developing the state Educational Master Plan that included comprehensive community colleges. She also thanked Moorpark College's founders who, in 1967, envisioned and then built a sustainable and worthwhile institution that continues to serve the local community 40 years later. "My time at Moorpark College has been challenging, productive and fun, “she said.
Conrad will have a chance to express her vision for the future tomorrow when she takes part in the Corporate Leadership Breakfast at California Lutheran University. Conrad will be part of a panel of college presidents discussing the role higher education plays in preparation of the local workforce and the challenges that colleges face in serving students given the impacts of a slowing economy and higher tuition rates. The breakfast is from 7:30 to 9 am at the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at CLU.
Conrad will retire on July 2, 2008, after 33 years of service to California community colleges.
Her retirement party is Friday, May, 18, 2008 at the Westlake Village Inn. Tickets are available by calling (805) 378-1431 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conrad began her higher education career at San Bernardino Valley College in 1975 as a faculty member in psychology. She served in this role for 18 years before moving into educational administration. She received “Outstanding Professor of the Year (1990) and “Women who Make a Difference (1993) awards while at San Bernardino Valley College. She served as the Vice President of Instruction at San Bernardino Valley College for 3 years. In 1997, she was appointed Executive Vice President at Moorpark College, and after serving in that role for five years, was appointed as College President in July, 2002.
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