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Wilson President Lorna Edmundson Receives Athena Award

Posted: April 7, 2011

4/7/2011 Wilson College President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson today received the International Athena Award for 2010 from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. The Athena Award is given to a woman who demonstrates support of the goals of professional women, provides unselfish assistance on their behalf, and demonstrates the values that inspire women.
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DATE: April 7, 2011
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson today received the International Athena Award for 2010 from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. The Athena Award is given to a woman who demonstrates support of the goals of professional women, provides unselfish assistance on their behalf, and demonstrates the values that inspire women.

Dr. Edmundson, who is retiring in June, was given the award for her “tireless advocacy for women, Wilson and its mission,” said Barbara Channing, winner of the Chamber’s 2009 Athena Award.

Edmundson has a history of helping and supporting women throughout her 40-year career in education, according to Channing, who cited Edmundson’s 10 years as president of Wilson College and her service at such other institutions as the American University of Paris; Columbia University; Columbia College; and Marymount, Colby Sawyer and Trinity colleges.

In granting the award, the Chamber also cited Edmundson’s work as a Fulbright Research Scholar-in-Residence at Tokyo Women’s Christian University in 1993-94, which included interviewing about 50 Japanese women leaders for her thesis to inform educators and public policymakers about conditions that encourage and sustain girls and women in assuming leadership worldwide.

Channing thanked Edmundson for her support of the Chamber, which has included serving as a board member, having Wilson sponsor the holiday mixer and supporting the Chamber’s three leadership programs.

“On behalf of the Chamber and our sponsors, we are honored to present to you the 2010 Athena Award,” Channing said.

Edmundson accepted the award from Trish Hanks of F&M Trust Co., which sponsors the award locally with Jennings Chevrolet, Buick, GMC.

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Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Wilson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011