Campus: CSU, Sacramento -- March 12, 2001
Monteith Honors CSU Stanislaus President Marvalene Hughes as
2001 Woman of the Year
State Senator Dick Monteith honored Dr. Marvalene
Hughes, President of California State University,
Stanislaus, as the 2001 Woman of the Year for the 12th
Senate District during a March 12 ceremony at the Capitol.
The award honors women who have devoted themselves to
improving their community by showing great civic
As the first woman and the first African-American selected
as President of California State University, Stanislaus, Dr.
Hughes is a highly regarded administrator and academic who
has served in key leadership positions at universities
throughout the country. Since being named as President of
CSU Stanislaus in 1994, Dr. Hughes has successfully worked
with her faculty, staff and students to elevate the
University's profile and expand its role as a significant
"Marvalene has been a pillar of support to our community,"
stated Senator Monteith. "She has proven to be an excellent
leader and has worked hard to establish CSU Stanislaus as a
major university in the San Joaquin Valley. I am pleased to
have had the opportunity to work with Marvalene on issues of
importance to the valley. She is well deserving of this
Dr. Hughes has demonstrated her commitment to the community
by working closely with valley leaders to build coalitions
in higher education and to create access to arts and
cultural programs. While being involved with the Modesto
Symphony and an active supporter for the proposed Performing
Arts Center, Dr. Hughes has boosted the appeal of the valley
by bringing distinguished speakers to our region such as
Secretary of State Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State
James Baker and Cokie Roberts, as well as entertainers Bill
Cosby and Willie Nelson.
A renowned leader in the higher education community,
President Hughes has dedicated her life to service. One of
nine successful children, she earned her B.S. and M.S.
degrees from Tuskegee University and her Ph.D in Counseling
and Administration from Florida State University. She has
also done post graduate work at Harvard University, New York
University, Columbia University and continuing education at
UC San Diego.
"Education is a public commodity which promotes intellectual
achievement and individual autonomy, improves society and
communities, fosters good citizenship, preserves and
cultivates diverse cultures, and builds a better nation and
world," Dr. Hughes said. "Education is a nation's, a
state's, and a community's investment in the future."
"Marvalene is the type of woman that promotes excellence in
education," Sen. Monteith said. "She has enriched the lives
of her students and her community by dedicating herself to
the needs of higher education. I congratulate her on a job