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Pfeiffer Honored at Regional Economic Development Awards Dinner

May 15, 2012

Marcia Pfeiffer  
Marcia Pfeiffer

Marcia Pfeiffer, Ph.D., president of St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, recently was recognized by Winning Women for excellence in public service during a ceremony at the Missouri History Museum.

Winning Women is a non-profit organization that brings together the St. Louis region's most successful women to contribute their time, talents and financial resources to make the region a better place to live and work. Winning Women contributes to the region's economic development and reinforces the region's position as a desirable community in which women can build successful careers, businesses and family lives. The organization also works to foster economic growth and provide leadership in developing and supporting our future workforce.

“I am honored to be a recipient of the Winning Women Economic Development award,” said Pfeiffer. “St. Louis Community College, as a major contributor to the overall economic health of this region, is celebrating its 50th anniversary – 50 years of service to the greater St. Louis area. The students who attend classes at STLCC are staying here to work and contribute to the cultural fabric of our community.”

Pfeiffer said that the focus on engineering technologies, biotechnology and deaf communication studies, among other programs, placed STLCC-Florissant Valley in the center of the areas for job growth.

“Students come to us to gain the knowledge and skills that will be necessary for them to compete in the job market. We are focused on helping these students become strong contributing citizens and lifelong learners,” she said.

In December 2002, Pfeiffer was appointed president of the Florissant Valley campus. Under Pfeiffer’s leadership, the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing and Center for Workforce Innovation opened to develop a skilled workforce and provide technical support to the region’s manufacturing industry.

Other honorees included:

St. Louis City

Nina Ganci, clothing/textiles business owner, SKIF International (Entrepreneur); and Sheryln Hailstone, president, SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital (Executive).

St. Louis County

Jennifer Labit, owner, Cotton Babies (Entrepreneur); Meredith Perkins, vice president, Corporate Counsel, Enterprise Holdings (Executive); and Libbey Tucker, assistant city administrator for community service and economic development, City of Chesterfield (Public Service).

Metro East

Pam Heepke, owner, Raifort Commerce Park (Entrepreneur); Georgia Costello, Ph.D., president, Southwestern Illinois College (Executive); and Gail Jorgenson, director of acquisition, USTRANSCOM, Scott Air Force Base (Public Service).

St. Charles County

Carobeth Kelly, owner/founder, Steel Shop Tennis Club (Entrepreneur); Joyce Cacho, chief sustainability officer, Novus International (Executive); and Kathy Lambert, co-executive director, Connections to Success (Public Service).