The Athens Foundation held their annual spring luncheon in Athens to present checks to the 2013 spring grantees as well as to honor three outstanding citizens or groups in Athens County. Among those honored was our own Peggy Pruitt, head of disaster services at the ARC of SE OH. Peggy has had an impressive career before retiring in 2001 from Ohio University.
Peggy joined the staff of OU in 1975 as coordinator of women’s athletics and the head coach of both field hockey and tennis. Three years after, she was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics, a position she held until promoted to Senior Associate Director in 1993. Over the years, Peggy worked and coordinated a variety of activities for the Ohio Athletics Department. Beginning in 1975, she was head field hockey coach until 1977 and the head tennis coach until 1982. She was coordinator of women’s athletics until 1978 and served a Provost’s internship from 1982 to 1984. She was responsible for event management, coordinated athletic scholarships, scheduled athletic facilities and coached Division I tennis and field hockey programs. (Thought these two said the same thing, we might only want that said once) She also supervised the areas of student-athlete academic and development services, athletic training, compliance, equipment and strength and conditi oning. She supervised several sport programs including soccer, field hockey, cross-country, swimming and diving, wrestling, track and field, and golf. In addition, Peggy has been involved with numerous Mid-American conference committees and has held administrative positions on several National Collegiate Athletic Association and National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators committees. She has also been a participant in the NCAA Peer Review Certification process and a member of the NCAA Women’s Committee on Committees, as well as a member of the NCAA Regional Women’s Soccer Ranking Committee. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in physical education administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1976. To honor Dr. Pruitt’s many accomplishments an OU softball field has been named Pruitt Field on the OU Campus.
To the benefit of the ARC of SE OH, Peggy has spent her retirement years with the same level of commitment and hard work as she exhibited in her professional career. Her first association with the Red Cross came during Hurricane Katrina when she volunteered to be deployed for service. A physical injury prevented her from making the trip, but did not keep her from becoming involved with the Red Cross. Shortly thereafter, she was asked to head the disaster team for this chapter and she never slowed down. Peggy works diligently to provide well trained, quality disaster volunteers. She works closely with all EMA directors in our four county chapter area, as well as first responders. Recently, Peggy was selected to serve on the C-SOR disaster task force. In addition to her work with the RC, Peggy is involved with Habitat for Humanity, Women Raise the Roof, where she is responsible for their annual golf tournament. She still manages to travel extensively, with the next trip being planned to Antarctica.