Monmouth College accounting professor Judy Peterson recently received the prestigious Hatch Award for Distinguished Service.
Awarded to “individuals and groups that do especially noteworthy work for the institution,” the Hatch Award for Distinguished Service is one of three Hatch Awards the college presents annually.
“This candidate was nominated by multiple faculty members,” said faculty member Mike Connell, who presented the award to Peterson. “Each nominator offered glowing praise for Judy’s work with students, her gentle spirit, her concern for others and her willingness to serve.”
Peterson joined Monmouth’s faculty in 1998, and Connell said during that time, she has been instrumental in transforming accounting it into one of Monmouth’s best programs. He added, “Our graduates get great jobs and enjoy success in graduate school.”
Peterson developed and supervises what Connell called “the model Citizenship program at Monmouth College,” Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).
“Her program provides a highly-valued service for our community,” said Connell, “and she was running this program before Monmouth had a Citizenship requirement.”
A member of Monmouth’s faculty since 1998, Peterson received her bachelor’s degree at Gustavus Adolphus College. She earned an MBA at Mankato State University.
Funded by 1957 graduate W. Jerome Hatch, a retired executive for American National Can, the Hatch Awards were established in 2004 to recognize outstanding work by MC faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Through cash stipends, they honor faculty who have excelled in their academic disciplines and who have served as an inspiration to both their students and their colleagues.