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Alumna receives USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Doretha Edgecomb receives 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Doretha Edgecomb (center) receives the 2019 Livetime Achievement Award from the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy program at the program's Fall Symposium. 

TAMPA, Fla. (October 17, 2019) — College of Education alumna Doretha Edgecomb, `73, received the University of South Florida (USF) Women in Leadership and Philanthropy’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award during the program’s Fall Symposium in October.

The Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP) program at USF is focused on engaging and educating its members in support of women and women's initiatives throughout the USF System and in our communities. The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates women who have exhibited transformational leadership through their volunteer, professional and philanthropic contributions.

Edgecomb, who received a Master’s degree in Reading Education from the College of Education in 1973, is a former Hillsborough County School Board member and lifelong educator, and served as a trainer for the Educational Testing Service in schools around the state of Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. She taught in the USF College of Education and was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board in 2004, where she served until 2016.

Edgecomb is a member of the Tampa Metropolitan Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of Hillsborough Education Foundation and the Plant Museum. She also serves on the advisory committee of NOPE, Inc. and is a longtime member and past president of the Athena Society. In recognition of her outstanding leadership and service, she was conferred the USF’s President’s Distinguished Citizen Award in May 2019.