The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented April 16 at a luncheon in the Massachusetts State House in Boston. University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson and UMass Amherst Chancellor Robert C. Holub were scheduled to speak prior to the awards presentation.
Four alumni, a professor emeritus and an honorary alumnus received the awards, the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association.
College of Education alumna Dr. Margaret A. (Peggy) Jablonski, M.Ed. 1984, currently vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is one of the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients this year.
Dr. Jablonski has served higher education for 28 years, including in student affairs and as a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Recognized as a leader in the field of student affairs, Jablonski also served as a dean in the student life areas at Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Connecticut.
In each of these roles, her focus has been on fostering student learning and development while enhancing a strong sense of community for all students.