Dr. Peggi Howard Named Vice Chair of Guide Dog Organization

PHoward_Inside__28Less than 10 miles from the Drew campus, is The Seeing Eye, a non-profit organization in Morristown that calls itself the oldest existing guide dog school in the world.

The Seeing Eye pairs blind people with trained seeing eye dogs, to promote the independence, dignity and self-confidence of those who are blind and visually-impaired. It has helped people from around the United States and Canada, ages 16 and up, by pairing them with guide dogs and training them how to care for their dogs.

The Seeing Eye recently celebrated its 85th anniversary and one of the people who helps ensure that the organization is running smoothly is Drew’s Vice President of Administration and University Relations, Dr. Margaret E. L. (Peggi) Howard.

Dr. Howard has volunteered her time on the board of The Seeing Eye since 2009 and this year is serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

She said she is honored to be selected and finds her work with the organization rewarding, “You see the trainers working with the seeing eye dogs and the dogs provide such freedom for people.”

As part of her responsibilities, Dr. Howard recently took part in a strategic planning session for the non-profit and said the organization has a strong mission and continues to be on sound financial footing. In her years as a trustee, Dr. Howard has helped oversee building renovations and expansions at The Seeing Eye campus in Morristown.

“It has been a real pleasure to get to know Peggi and gain knowledge from her experience over her tenure as a member of our Board of Trustees,” said James A. Kutsch, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Seeing Eye. “The Seeing Eye has been very fortunate to have her guidance as Chair of our Facilities Management Committee during the recent completion of our campus renovation project.”

Dr. Howard, previously worked as deputy chief of staff for New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean, who served for many years as the president of Drew. She said she first heard about The Seeing Eye while working for the former governor. Her involvement with the organization has extended to her personal life as well. She said her family has adopted two dogs over the years from the organization.