Christine Wilkinson Named 2009 Valley Leadership Woman of the Year

Valley Leadership has named Dr. Christine Wilkinson, senior vice president and secretary of Arizona State University, and president of the ASU Alumni Association, its 2009 Woman of the Year. Her outstanding accomplishments and visionary leadership will be celebrated at the 61st Annual Man and Woman of the Year Awards luncheon to be held March 25, 2010, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. Third St. Wilkinson shares this honor with 2009 Man of the Year Frank Fairbanks, the recently retired Phoenix city manager.

Past Award recipients include former ASU President Lattie Coor, the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, Pinnacle West lobbyist Martin Shultz, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center Co-founder Denise D. Resnik, former Secretary of State Betsey Bayless, Valle del Sol President and CEO Luz Sarmina and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Wilkinson has significantly expanded her roles as at Arizona State University to include those of personal mentor and friend to countless students, faculty, administrators, community members and alumni throughout her three-decade-long association with the university. She is recognized as being a strong advocate of student leadership, guiding and fostering the potential of so many of the Valley’s future leaders.

Wilkinson’s influence has reached the community far beyond her official position with ASU. She has been actively engaged with and served on a long list of Valley nonprofit boards including: Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and the ASU Foundation’s Women & Philanthropy Program.

Honorees were chosen by a committee comprised of past award recipients, members of Valley Leadership and a select group of its past presidents. This is the 61st year for the Man & Woman of the Year award.

Valley Leadership is now in its 31st year of bringing leadership development programs to the men, women and youth in the Valley that serve to strengthen the community. They provide opportunities to learn, network and engage in shaping our community through the difficult challenges that it is faced with today.