Catherine Ward of CSU Fullerton Honored as Senator Newman’s ‘Woman of the Year’

Monday, March 12 2018

Sacramento, CA – Today at the California State Capitol, Catherine Ward of Fullerton was honored as Senator Josh Newman’s Woman of the Year. Ward joined 38 other honorees from around the state, honored today in the Senate chambers.

Said Ward:

“It is such an honor to be SD 29’s Woman of the Year. To share this distinct recognition with such an incredible cohort of women, doing such important work in their respective fields, is empowering. To represent CSU Fullerton today and female veterans throughout the state makes me especially proud. Thank you to Senator Newman for this honor.”

Catherine Ward is the Interim Director of California State University Fullerton’s Veteran Resource Center. Since it opened in 2010, the CSU Fullerton VRC has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success. Catherine has served CSU Fullerton’s veteran students since 2009, with a focus on improving the student veteran experience, promoting strengths and resiliency, and advocating on behalf of women veterans.

A CSU Fullerton alumna, Ms. Ward earned both her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from CSUF. She also just completed the Ed.D Program in Education Leadership with an emphasis in Ed Psychology at USC.

Woman of the Year: The Woman of the Year ceremony is a celebration of the contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout California. This is the first Woman of the Year celebration in the State Senate chambers since 2008. Many members hold an annual Women of the Year celebration in their district; Senator Newman will hold his district ceremony at March 22, where Catherine Ward will be honored again, along with a select group of district honorees.

View the award presentation here.