Alice Seagren received the Legacy Award for Outstanding Community Service presented by the Bloomington Community Foundation. She was presented the award on November 10, 2011 at the Bloomington Hilton. Bloomington Community Foundation President Gil Williams welcomed the attendees and Mayor Gene Winstead gave an opening address. To learn more about the Bloomington Community Foundation visit www.bloomingtonfoundation-mn.org.
The following is a description of Alice Seagren’s many contributions as printed in the brochure for the ceremony.
Alice Seagren is a long-time Bloomington resident who has been extremely involved and effective in our community. She has become a key education leader for the State and indeed for the entire community. Alice has earned widespread respect for her compassion and her commitment to ensure that every child has an opportunity to learn and be successful.
Alice Seagren was an active parent involved in her children’s schools. She eventually came to serve on the Bloomington Board of Education from July 1, 1989 through December 31, 1992. As a school board member she was a representative to education committees and organizations, including the boards of directors for the Educational Cooperative Services Unit, the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, and Intermediate School District 287. She was the school board treasurer in 1992.
Alice Seagren represented Bloomington for six terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 2004. During her legislative career she was chair of the House Education Finance Committee and was a member of the Education Finance Committee and was a member of the Education Policy, Ways and Means, Transportation, Judiciary, and State Government Policy committees. Rep. Seagren was influential in National Council of State Legislatures.
In 2004, Rep. Seagren was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to be Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), was approved by the Legislature, and served for the remainder of Gov. Pawlenty’s administration through December 2010. As Commissioner, she was the administrator responsible for MDE oversight of k12 public schools and directed policy and advocacy efforts for education in Minnesota. She oversaw the development of statewide academic standards, implementation of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act in Minnesota, and supported early learning, college transition, and adult, career and technical education initiatives.
In addition to her experience as a public official, Alice Seagren has maintained her commitment to education and helping people become self-sufficient as a citizen of her community. Currently she serves as a member of the Normandale Community College Foundation board and on the Corporate Board of Fraser, an organization that provides a spectrum of services to children and adults of all ability levels.
By her example of community service, active citizenship, cooperative spirit and ethical leadership, Alice Seagren has been an inspiration and role model.
For all these reasons and more, we proudly grant Alice Seagren the 2011 Legacy Award. Thank you, Alice.
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