Lane Community College President, Mary Spilde, recently won the prestigious Howard Cherry Award for the 15 years she has spent working with this college. After 37 total years spent working in education, Spilde is currently in her 16th year at Lane and will be retiring at the end of this school year with the Howard Cherry Award for Outstanding Administrator.
The Howard Cherry Award is given out annually at the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) Annual Conference. There are three awards — an outstanding administrator, advocate and board member. These awards, named after Dr. Howard Cherry, are some of the highest awards a community college administrator can earn. Lane board of education members Gary LeClair and Sharon Stiles also won awards for dedicated service at this same conference.
According to a press release, the announcement brought conference attendees to their feet with whoops, cheers and long rounds of affirming applause.
Presidents Greg Hamann of Linn-Benton Community College and Camille Preus of Blue Mountain Community College nominated Spilde for the award.
“Mary earned this award many times over — both in terms of what she has accomplished at Lane Community College and even more so for what she has accomplished and contributed to all of us as a collective of community colleges,” said Hamann and Preus in their nomination letter.