Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University President & CEO, is pleased to announce that Glendale Mayor Elaine M. Scruggs was appointed to the University's Board of Trustees at the December 11 Board meeting. Her appointment was approved for a three-year term beginning in January 2013, after she leaves office with the City.
Mayor Scruggs has served as Mayor of Glendale since 1993 and has lived in Arizona for 41 years. Under her leadership, Glendale has doubled in population, transformed its historic downtown into a nationally-known tourism destination, and launched landmark neighborhood renewal and citizen participation programs.
Business and job growth, completion of the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway through Glendale, protecting the ability of Luke Air Force Base to carry out its mission of training our nation's jet fighter pilots, increasing citizen awareness and involvement, and reaching out to youth and the underserved have been the highest priorities in Mayor Scruggs' public service.
Mayor Scruggs has held leadership positions on numerous regional organizations and committees, including the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA), the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council.
Mayor Scruggs is also the recipient of the 2011 COMET (Community Outreach: Motivating Excellence for Tomorrow) Award from Midwestern University for her role in attracting the University to Glendale in 1995. Through her outstanding support of Midwestern University's mission, Mayor Scruggs has influenced the growth of healthcare education in Glendale and the State of Arizona. She credits Midwestern's choice of locating in Glendale as the first significant economic development success in her years as Mayor."Mayor Scruggs has been an outstanding long-time friend and partner to Midwestern University," said Dr. Goeppinger. "We are honored she will be bringing her talents to our Board of Trustees to help shape the University's continued growth, and we really look forward to working with her in this new role."