Edmondson honored with McKay Donkin Award

April 09, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jacqueline Edmondson, associate vice president and associate dean for undergraduate education, is the winner of the 2015 McKay Donkin Award.

Edmondson has played a crucial role in revamping child care offerings at the University Park campus, making it a national leader in quality on-site child care.

She served on the committee tasked with finding a child care director, which, a colleague said, “points to her commitment to safeguarding the rights of faculty, staff, students and their children.”

When the committee selected her as their leader, she was charged with leading the fulfillment of three main goals — accessible and affordable services must be made available to all members of the University community; a strong commitment must be made to ongoing research and professional development in early childhood education; and relationships with all key, statewide stakeholders must be fostered.

A colleague said Edmondson’s communication skills helped the committee succeed.

“Not only did we achieve a very positive outcome, we succeeded in hiring our top candidate. But we all felt valued and integral to the process because of Edmondson’s superb leadership,” the colleague said.

Established in 1969 in honor of the late McKay Donkin, who served as vice president and treasurer of the University from 1957 to 1968, the award is presented to a full-time member of the faculty or staff or to a retiree who has contributed most to the “economic, physical, mental or social welfare of the faculty” of the University. The contribution should be for duties or services above and beyond the recipient’s regularly assigned duties.

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