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Scott Rutherford of UCI Division of Continuing Education Receives Excellence in Leadership Award

Irvine Resident Honored For Commitment to Excellence and Building An Enriching Work Environment

IRVINE, Calif. – July 8, 2013 – The University of California, Irvine presented Scott Rutherford, director of marketing and communications at University of California, Irvine Extension, the Staff Assembly “Excellence in Leadership” award at the recently held 2013 Staff Service Award event. Rutherford joins two other University supervisors – Benedicte Shipley, assistant dean, Biological Sciences, and Maura Hofstadter, associate chair, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care – who were recognized with this award, out of a field of twelve nominees.

The awardees were acknowledged for their outstanding leadership, ability to enhance staff morale, building an enriching work environment, and service as a mentor to benefit the UC Irvine community. Rutherford, who has been leading the marketing efforts of the continuing education arm of the University since 2011, was recognized for his skills as a communicator/collaborator and mentor, commitment to ongoing staff professional development and visionary guidance of the marketing department.

“Scott’s unwavering commitment to his staff and Extension is evident in everything he does,” said Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session at UC Irvine. “His remarkable integrity, team leadership skills, and marketing vision are assets to Extension.”

The “Excellence in Leadership” awards are presented annually to UC Irvine supervisors for their outstanding dedication to the university and its educational mission. Recipients are awarded $1,000 in cash and a distinctive, personalized memento.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with an outstanding team, as part of a prestigious university and within an organization focused on helping individuals transform their own lives,” said Rutherford. “I’m grateful for the award and look forward to continuing our work for the benefit of University Extension and our students.”

A native of Newtown, Conn., Rutherford received his undergraduate degree from Emerson College in Boston and his MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit