Trailblazers, role models and inspirations are just a few words to describe five Pitt alumni who were recognized in June for their accomplishments and community outreach. Among those honored was GSPIA Alumna Cecile Springer (MURP ’71).
Pitt’s African-American Alumni Council (AAAC) presents the AAAC Distinguished Alumnus Award to those with outstanding professional accomplishments and community stature. Springer, who earned her Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), went on to have a career at Westinghouse Corporation, where she became the national spokeswoman for the Advanced Energy Systems Division, and later become president of the Westinghouse Foundation. Nearly ten years later, Springer founded her own firm, Springer Associates, which provided comprehensive strategic planning. She was recognized in 2002 as a Legacy Laureate of the University of Pittsburgh, the highest honor an alumnus can receive.
Aside from her long career in land use, chemistry, environmental analysis, and community planning and development, Springer has been deeply involved in and devoted to communities in Southwestern PA. She has served on boards and committees in and around Pittsburgh ranging from the Women and Girls Foundation of SWPA to the Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St Paul’s Cathedral, and she is the current chair of People for Peduto. Springer was among those recognized for their inspirational and pioneering achievements, as some of the first black graduate students and athletes to represent Pitt. To read article, click here. To read Cecile's full bio, click here.