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WCC Honors Peg Talburtt With 2009 Award of Merit

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees has named Ann Arbor nonprofit executive Margaret (Peg) Talburtt as recipient of the College’s highest honor, the 2009 Award of Merit. Talburtt will receive her award at WCC’s Commencement on Saturday, May 16.

As executive director of the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, Talburtt continues to expand on the work started years ago by its founders. Prior to that, she served as president and CEO of the Michigan Women’s Foundation.

She has advanced WCC’s efforts to provide a quality education to residents of Washtenaw County in several ways. From 1992-98 she served as a member of the WCC Foundation Board and chair of a capital campaign for the WCC Children’s Center. Today she continues her affiliation as a supporter of many fundraisers and the Foundation Women’s Council.

In August 2006 she was chosen by the WCC Board of Trustees to serve five months of Trustee Jerry Jernigan’s term after his sudden death. Currently, she serves as a member of the Washtenaw Technical Middle College Board.

“Our community is so fortunate to have such fine educational resources,” said Talburtt about the College and its programs. “WCC serves a unique and incredibly positive role in making all of our dreams come true—whether for individual students, employers, or engaged citizens.”

In 2002, Crain’s Detroit Business named Talburtt one of the Most Influential Women in Michigan, an honor that acknowledged both her professional and personal work on behalf of the community.

She has given her time generously to organizations such as the Junior League of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Safe House Center, Michigan League for Human Services, and the Academy for Sports Leadership. Local businesses also are familiar with her work as a former director of Comerica Bank.

This is the 21st year the College has recognized a member of the community with the Award of Merit, a distinction similar to an honorary degree conferred by a baccalaureate institution.

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