MacMurray staff member receives statewide honor.

November 17, 2016 | 4:07 PM

Pamela Harrison, Director of Disability Services at MacMurray College, was named the 2016 Meritorious Service Award winner by the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children at their 2016 Fall Convention on Nov. 5.

She was awarded this statewide honor for her lifelong dedication to improving services and opportunities for people with disabilities. A graduate of Iowa State University in Ames, IA, Harrison studied sociology and later earned her Illinois Teacher Certification from Sangamon State University, now University of Illinois at Springfield, in Middle School Science Education. She then began her extensive career servicing those with disabilities.

For the past eight years Pamela has worked at MacMurray College, where she undertook the expansion of the Disability Services Program and streamlined processes for students and faculty to ensure their needs were supported. She has since served as the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance consultant and has been instrumental in many accessibility improvements that benefit not only the MacMurray family, but the greater community as well. Prior to coming to MacMurray, Pamela coordinated Pathway Services’ group homes for 17 years and for six years taught students with intellectual disabilities in a classroom setting.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for West Central Mass Transit District and is a member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club. Her colleagues say her passion is contagious and goes above and beyond what is expected.

Picture left to right: Pamela Harrison, Philip Harrison (spouse), Bev Johns (MacMurray College alumna, recipient of the Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award)

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