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Doane College Director Named YWCA's Woman of Distinction

Jennifer Worthington, director of Doane’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies in Grand Island, was named a Woman of Distinction Feb. 28 by the Grand Island YWCA.

Worthington, who has been with Doane since 2008 and is also president of the Grand Island School Board, was one of two women to be awarded. The other award was given to Pam Price, executive director of the Stuhr Museum Foundation.

Typically, the YWCA only offers one award, but the two women had identical scores. They even nominated each other for the award.

Price commented on Worthington’s “service to all” philosophy, which provides programs for students of all backgrounds in the Grand Island schools. Price also spoke highly of Worthington’s calm demeanor and ability to meet challenges and make decisions.

The Grand Island YWCA started the Woman of Distinction banquet in 1986 to honor women in the community.

The 13 candidates for the Woman of Distinction award were nominated because they serve as role models in the community and exhibit qualities of leadership, teamwork, integrity and dedication.

The nominees were scored by 12 past Woman of Distinction honorees.

Photo courtesy of Barrett Stinson, The Independent