Beckie Garrett Honored with Leadership North County 2010 Fran Aleshire Award

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Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

San Marcos, CA -Beckie Garrett, member of the San Marcos Unified School District Governing Board, was honored with the Fran Aleshire Award for her outstanding leadership and regional involvement at the San Diego North Economic Development Council's Annual Holiday Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.

Each year the Leadership North County Alumni Association presents the Fran Aleshire Award to a graduate of the program who, in the spirit of Fran Aleshire, exhibits the characteristics of great leadership. Individuals are nominated by their peers.  Past recipients include Julie Wright, president and founder of (W)right On Communications (2010); City of San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond (2008), retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Mark Moore (2007), Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfiler (2006), and Vice Chair of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Ramona Finnila (2005).

Garrett has served the North County region as a high school teacher for over 30 years.  During that time, she earned many awards and, in 2001, was named San Diego County Teacher of the Year.  After retiring, she joined the faculty at California State University San Marcos to inspire future teachers and train them with award-winning practices.  In 2006, Garrett decided to use her wisdom and experience in a different capacity.  She was elected as a member of the San Marcos Unified School District Governing Board.  Just last month she was re-elected to a second four-year term. 

"Being selected to receive the Fran Aleshire Leadership award is a great honor and a wonderful surprise," commented Garrett.  "I'm so proud to be a part of Leadership North County. It is such a unique program in its demonstration of how all the pieces of the North County puzzle fit together. . . and how those pieces sometimes don't exactly fit together perfectly.  It's a fascinating experience filled with super people who are committed to the continual improvement of our region.  For anyone in a leadership role in North County, the program is a must."

Leadership North County is a comprehensive leadership program by California State University San Marcos Extended Learning to foster the growth of community leaders.  The program has graduated hundreds, including several mayors, CEOs, and other public officials across San Diego's North County.  Once a month session topics cover a wide variety of topics related to the region including government, business, healthcare, and education.  For more information, contact 760-750-4020 or www.leadershipnorthcounty.org.

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California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.