The Division of Student Affairs is thrilled to share that Patti McSteen, associate dean of students and director of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program (MBSP), was the recipient of the ACE Women’s Network of Ohio’s (ACE WNO) 2019 Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award.
McSteen was awarded in recognition for her work developing leadership skills among women in the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program. McSteen started the program in 2014 as an academic enrichment program that helps the scholars reach their full potential. The students participate in retreats, seminars, communal living experiences, professional development and other initiatives to improve their critical thinking and problem-solving proficiencies.
Support for McSteen included a nomination by Kathy Fahl, assistant dean of students. Fahl wrote about how McSteen created MBSP and has been able to influence and provide opportunities and guidance for many students who may not have otherwise had them. Based on Fahl’s letter, ACE WNO felt that McSteen met the award’s criteria of being “a role model and leader to other women in the field of higher education through her demonstrated commitment to the leadership development and advancement of women on her campus and in the community.”
“It is such an honor to have my work be recognized by my peers within the University and throughout the entire state of Ohio,” said McSteen. “One of the Margaret Boyd Scholars’ goals is to impact the culture and climate for women across campus, and I’m glad the community sees we’re achieving this.”
The Margaret Boyd Scholars Program serves 80 students each year under McSteen’s leadership. Information about their mission and how to help can be found on their website. ACE Women’s Network of Ohio is a network of women administrators, faculty and staff from colleges and universities across the state that is dedicated to the professional advancement of women. More information about the organization and the Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award can be found here.