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November 10, 1999

Middlebury College's Mona Wheatley to Receive Vermont Women in Higher Education's 1999 Distinguished Service Award on Nov. 12

Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) has announced that Mona Wheatley, director of Bicentennial planning and a senior development officer at Middlebury College, is the 1999 winner of the Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award. VWHE presents the award annually to a woman in higher education who promotes the advancement of women in higher education and administration at the national, regional, state, or local levels, and in professional or community service organizations. The award will be presented at the VWHE conference luncheon on Nov. 12 at the Stoweflake Resort and Conference Center in Stowe, Vt.

Dr. Carol A. Moore, president of Vermont's Lyndon State College, nominated Wheatley for the award. According to Moore, Wheatley was one of VWHE's founders and has been very active in the organization for about two decades. "She has carried her state work to a national level--mentoring, supporting and encouraging women across the nation," said Moore.

Wheatley has served the VWHE in a variety of roles, including board member and state coordinator. She is a founding member of the national executive board, on which she has served for seven years. She has worked in alumni affairs and development at Middlebury College since 1980. Since 1995, Wheatley also has served as Middlebury's director of Bicentennial planning, organizing a year-long series of events in honor of the College's 200th anniversary in the year 2000.

Established in 1985, the VWHE's distinguished service award is named for Sister Elizabeth Candon, former president of Trinity College, and current professor in the humanities department.