By Marvin Garcia |Staff Writer|
CSUSB Director of Executive Affairs, Pamela D. Langford, received the 2015 Woman of the Year Award for the 40th Assembly District on Feb. 20.
“For me, this honor represents the support and confidence of my mentors and supervisors who, over the years guided me, helped me appreciate the rewards of hard work, and gave me real opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed, and yes, sometimes fall,” stated Langford.
Langford, a CSUSB alumni herself, has been an active faculty member for more than 30 years, starting as the Alumni Association director.
Langford’s endeavors included gathering a $400,000 scholarship fundraiser that helped create an alumni scholar program to recruit and retain worthy students in the Inland Empire.
She collaborated with different groups to secure a $2.4 million Department of Education Title V grant to increase career-readiness for CSUSB STEM field study students.
CSUSB President Tomás Morales was a primary supporter in Langford’s nomination by praising her contributions to the university’s growth, which has resulted in impacting developments such as establishing community and governmental connections between San Bernardino County leaders and House Representatives in Washington D.C.
“Ms. Langford’s support of our student body is long standing and deep. She takes a keen interest in our students’ educational careers, both curricular and co-curricular, and serves as an advisor to the Sigma Chi fraternity who has a strong commitment to community service and leadership as well as academic achievement,” stated Morales in his letter of nomination.
Langford expressed how it has been a great pleasure to serve under Morales in making a positive difference for the university and its students, and learn from a leader who is so well-respected in our region and at the national level.
CSUSB ASI President Alfredo Barcenas also expressed his support for Langford’s nomination by emphasizing on the good reputation she has earned among students throughout her 30 years of service, for she has touched the lives of thousands of students under her mentorship and passed her belief that higher education is vital for a better future.
Jim Connel, Sigma Chi’s fraternity chapter advisor, also upheld Langford’s nomination and remarked how her commitment and mentorship set a strong foundation to the fraternity in terms of strong leadership and community involvement.
“I cannot imagine a more rewarding job than mine. Advocating for our students and university comes easily and naturally to me. I wish for all of the students and former students I have known, and those I haven’t, careers that are as fulfilling and meaningful as mine has been at Cal State San Bernardino,” stated Langford.
Langford believes she has made strong ties to CSUSB and is proud of what the university is today: an institution that reflects vision, dedication, and handwork by means of its presidents, award-winning faculty members, caring staff, loyal alumni and supporters of the university.