Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

LINDA ASHBY NAMED AS 2017 CELA PRESIDENT’S AWARD WINNER

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)


2017 CELA PRESIDENT’S AWARD

Linda Ashby

Linda Ashby, CELA Region 1 Director (2014-2017), has been named as recipient of the 2017 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture President’s Award by CELA Past President Ming-Han Li. The President’s Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to a CELA President during his or her term in office.

Ashby was cited by Past President Li as one with a unique voice to the inner workings of the organization, with a particular ability to see larger impacts of singularly focused efforts. Ashby was credited with developing the “Ashby Plan” which led to CELA’s adoption of a new website and communication strategies.

Past President Li recognized Ashby at the closing dinner of the 2017 Conference in Beijing with these remarks:

“I got to know this year’s President’s Award recipient when she was with Landscape Architecture Foundation and later was elected to join the CELA Board. She is Linda Ashby, a CELA Regional Director. Linda is a unique individual who is passionate about helping others; in this case the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Linda is probably the first Board member who is not a faculty member. She challenged herself to enter an organization she was not familiar with but learned to become a key contributor quickly. She is not afraid of asking questions. Her desire is to make CELA a much better and stronger organization. Those who have served on the Board with Linda know that her diligent efforts in assessing our previous website resulted in a comprehensive self-evaluation document. This later was given the name the Ashby Report. On a personal note, she has been offering me advice and opinions to make me a better person to serve CELA. I sincerely thank her for that.”

– Ming-Han Li, FCELA, CELA Past President 2016-17

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