Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Rowberg will retire as Director of the CSU, Chico School of Nursing (SON) in summer 2017. Peggy joined the faculty as an Associate Professor in 2006 and became a Professor in 2012. She began serving as Assistant Director of the SON in 2011 and assumed the Director role in July 2015.
Dr. Rowberg received numerous accolades and honors in her 11 years at Chico State. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Nurse Educator Award” from Kappa Omicron (KO). In 2014, she received the Excellence Award from KO, the highest chapter recognition possible. Dr. Rowberg was also chosen as the 2012-2013 Outstanding Academic Advisor for CSU, Chico in recognition for her work as the pre-nursing advisor for the SON, the retention coordinator for the SON, the faculty advisor for the Chico chapter of the California Nursing Students’ Association, the coordinator for the nursing students pinning ceremony and informally as the mentor/career advisor to all nursing students.
Dr. Rowberg has also demonstrated ongoing and significant service to the SON and to Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She served as the chair of the SON curriculum committee, leading the faculty through the development of a background check and drug screening policy, an ATI remediation policy for students, an evaluation tool and curriculum redesign. She was also a member of the SON Graduate Committee, served on the Hiring committee and served as Chair of the evaluation committee. She also served on the Academic Policies and Status committee of the CSU, Chico Faculty Senate.
In service to STTI, Dr. Rowberg was an invited member to the STTI International Leadership Advisory Council, a volunteer advisory group charged with developing a STTI Leadership Institute. She also served on the STTI Leadership Development Task Force to identify global leadership priorities and develop a curriculum for the Global Leader Institutes. Dr. Rowberg was also selected as one of two candidates for the prestigious Region 1 (seven states and two providences in Canada) Coordinator position for STTI.
At the chapter level, Dr. Rowberg co-chaired or chaired two chapter “Research Days” for KO.. She also served in multiple leadership roles for the chapter, including Faculty Counselor and President. Under her leadership, KO received two Showcase for Regional Excellence awards.
KO wants to recognize and thank Dr. Rowberg for her many contributions to the SON and KO and to recognize the significant impact of her leadership on both organizations. We wish her well on her next life journey. ✦