Michael and Andrea Standish Endowment for Innovative Leadership in Family and Consumer Sciences
Passionate about helping children and families, Andrea Standish has devoted most of her professional careers to helping children and families find hope, happiness and healing both in North America and worldwide as a certified child life specialist and child life educator. Utilizing her educational background from the UA in child development and her corporate experiences, Ms. Standish has reached out worldwide with a single goal – to improve children’s well-being. Having volunteered or made presentations in over 10 countries, she is recognized globally for her knowledge of children's health care.
The work of the Norton School Family and Consumer Sciences at the UA – strengthening families, communities and the marketplace - under the leadership of Soyeon Shim, director, has not gone unnoticed. In January, 2012, Michael and Andrea and her husband Michael Standish established the Innovative Leadership endowment to recognize Dr. Soyeon Shim, Director of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, for her dedication and commitment to student, alumni, faculty and staff development.
Empowering and preparing students to succeed in school, in the workplace and in life, Dr. Shim embraces and demonstrates on a daily basis, her five basic tenets: hard work, risk-taking, diplomacy, integrity and passion. The building of Norton School and McClelland Park as well as the notable achievements of faculty and alumni, stand as testament to her innovative leadership style. The $25K endowment of $50,000 (Andrea and Michael’s gift of $25,000 matched by with a matching commitment from John Norton) will be used to support innovative leadership projects that will have an enduring positive impact on the future of the School and its students.
Andrea Standish receives 2011 UA Global Achievement Award from Melinda Burke, President and Executive Director, UA Alumni Association.