Last week the Board of Trustees of the Vermont State College’s awarded the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards to six state college graduates. CCV alumna Catriona McHardy ‘78 was chosen as the College’s first VSC Hall of Fame inductee.
Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to individuals whose accomplishments are a reflection of the ideals of their college and the VSC system; who have provided exemplary service to Vermont or to their alma mater; or whose outstanding performances beyond graduation have made a significant, positive impact on their professions or communities.
McHardy has committed her life to improving access to healthcare for women. She has worked for 32 years at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, starting as a health care associate. She eventually served as vice president for education and training. Throughout her career at Planned Parenthood, McHardy provided training to teens, doctors, parents, and educators in the United States, Africa, and Russia. In 2000, her impact as a leader in the field was recognized with Planned Parenthood’s National Education Director of the year award. She has served as national co-chair of the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education, and served her community on the women’s crisis center in Brattleboro, the Governor’s Task Force on Gender Bias in the Classroom, and the Outright Vermont board. Congratulations, Catriona!
In addition to the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the VSC Board of Trustees awarded the Trustees’ Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Vermont State Colleges to Governor Phillip H. Hoff.
2016 VSC Hall of Fame Inductees
- Castleton University: John (’72) and Sue (’75) Casella
- Community College of Vermont: Catriona McHardy (’78)
- Johnson State College: Donald Vickers (’70)
- Lyndon State College: James Cantore (’86)
- Vermont Technical College: Michael Audet (’72)