HONORING MARGARITA McCoy FOR HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO PLANNING
- PLEASE JOIN USC IN HONORING MARGARITA McCoy FOR HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO
This year, as in years past, the USC School of Policy, Planning and
Development Alumni Association Board of Directors has selected three
accomplished alumni and friends of the school to honor at the third
annual Alumni Guardian Awards. This year, one of the three awardees
is Margarita McCoy MPL who is being honored for her work in the field
of planning. Proceeds from the Guardian Awards go directly to the
SPPD Annual Fund which supports scholarships, classroom materials,
and other learning opportunities for SPPD students.
Margarita Piel McCoy, FAICP, began her professional career in
planning in 1959 as an elected member of the planning board in
Sudbury , Massachusetts . She served as an administrator and faculty
member in planning at USC and as professor and chair in the
department of urban and regional planning at California Polytechnic
University , Pomona . She retired in 1989.
McCoy served on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
commission from 1979 to 1982 and from 1990 to 1994, and was president
from 1981 to 1982. She served on the American Planning Association
(APA) Board of Directors from 1979 to 1982, and in 1986, received
APA's Distinguished Service Award. She has also been a member of the
Planning Accreditation Board and the Association of Collegiate
Schools of Planning (ACSP).
McCoy has served as a role model and mentor for women entering the
planning field, and her work has included advocacy for women in many
different arenas. In 1995, ACSP established the Margarita McCoy Award
for individuals who further the advancement of women at universities
through service, teaching, and research.
McCoy now serves on the planning commission of La Habra Heights ,
California , where she has lived since 1976.
The third annual Alumni Guardian Awards dinner will be held on
Thursday, October 2, 2008 on the USC campus. There will be a
reception at 6:00 p.m. , followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Please
join us in honoring Margarita McCoy.
More information about the awards dinner and reservations is
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