McDonald Named To Top 100
McDONALD NAMED TO TOP 100
Chancellor Anita D. McDonald has been named to the 2005 Top 100 People, published in December by the Pennsylvania Business Central, based in State College. The journal publishes weekly business news from throughout central and south central Pennsylvania.
McDonald was chosen for the recognition based on her responses to qualifying questions on recent accomplishments, professional inspirations and aspirations.
PBC: What is your professional inspiration?
AM: Whether 16 or 73 years old, learning always has a place in one's life. I believe that education has the power not only to educate, but to change lives, solve problems and find cures. These possibilities inspire me to always do my best and to make education accessible to as many as possible.
PBC: What professional advice do you have for our readers?
AM: Learn as much as possible about areas outside of your direct responsibility. Share your aspirations with one or two people you trust, and ask them to help guide your professional path. Develop a broad network of professionals and friends, and give back to your community.
PBC: What is your long-term professional goal?
AM: To provide leadership enabling higher education to be accessible to all, specifically by increasing the DuBois campus scholarship fund; and to collaborate with other organizations, not only in meeting workforce and economic development needs, but also in positioning the campus as the regional venue for cultural and performing arts.
Noted in McDonald's biography were her most recent accomplishments, including a title and responsibility change from campus executive officer to Chancellor. She was the recipient of the 2005 Athena Award, given annually by the Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce to a woman or man who strives for professional excellence, devotes time to community service and actively assists women in their attainment of professional goals. McDonald was also the keynote speaker for the Tri-County Legislative Luncheon in September, providing the opportunity to discuss the economic impact of the campus on the region before numerous local, county, state and federal elected officials.