CONTACT: Jana Marcus, Marketing & Communications
jamarcus [at] cabrillo.edu
March 1, 2010
APTOS, CA—Vice-President of Business Services at Cabrillo College, Pegi Ard, was recently awarded the 2009 Walter Star Robie Award by her colleagues in the Association of Chief Business Officials (ACBO). This comes in the wake of her retirement announcement from Cabrillo College.
Ms. Ard has served Cabrillo College since 1981, was the statewide leader of ACBO for two years, and is greatly admired and respected by her peers throughout the state of California. The Walter Star Robie Award acknowledges Ms. Ard for outstanding achievement and exemplary service as the Vice President of Business Services at Cabrillo. In her honor, ACBO has presented Cabrillo with a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to one of its students in 2009-2010. The scholarship is a fitting tribute to Ms. Ard, for whom service to students has always been a top priority.
Ms. Ard’s career in the California Community College System began at West Valley Mission Community College District in 1971. Ten years later she accepted an offer from Dr. Cliff Nichols, then Cabrillo’s Vice President of Business Services, to become the Director of Fiscal Services for Cabrillo College. Pegi and her family had been living in the Santa Cruz community since 1975 and she welcomed the opportunity to work at Cabrillo College. “Little did I know at that time how much I would come to love Cabrillo and the Cabrillo College family, “ said Ard.
As the chief financial officer of a public institution, part of Ard’s job has been to implement and insure college compliance of voter approved projects. Ard has seen many state budget crises over the years, and has always been diligent about ensuring that Cabrillo had solid reserves. In the current budget crisis, where other community colleges and UCSC have had to implement forced furloughs and salary reductions for staff, Cabrillo has not had to institute either, thanks to Ard’s positioning of the college, which has minimized the impacts of the current cuts.
This April, after more than three decades of community college service, Pegi Ard is retiring.
“I am deeply proud to have been a part of the educational programs and services that Cabrillo provides to our community,” reflects Ard affectionately. “It has been my honor to serve the dedicated members of Cabrilllo’s Governing Board and management team, and to work with the bright and talented faculty and staff that educate and support our students. Together we have created many wonderful pathways and opportunities for student success and community support.”
As Ard refelcts on her time at Cabrillo she is very proud of the contributions she made to organzing and managing the bond monies of 1998 and 2004, which funded the new buildings on campus, such as the Horticuture Center, the Scotts Valley and Watsonville facilities expansions, including the Watsonville ITech Center, and the opening of the Visual and Performing Arts Complex this past October.
“Cabrillo has been so fortunate to have Pegi Ard as our Vice President of Business Services. She has been a vital part of Cabrillo and our community for more than 30 years,” said Dr. Brian King, Cabrillo College President. “Pegi is a statewide leader who has the respect and admiration from her colleagues in the California Community College System, and is beloved at Cabrillo, which is really rare for a chief business officer who is responsible for college finances. It is hard to imagine Cabrillo without Pegi. She will be greatly missed.“
About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.