Jacqueline “Jackie” Dixon, the director of Government Relations for Giant Eagle Inc. and secretary of Carlow University’s Board of Trustees, graduated with a Master’s Degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow on Dec. 16.

“I never questioned my leadership, but I wanted to concentrate on being a servant leader,” said Dixon. “I knew that service was an integral part of Carlow’s mission and it was also emphasized in the Professional Leadership Master’s Program. Secondly, I believed that to be a good board member, I needed to understand all facets of Carlow, including classroom, faculty, staff, etc. and their needs. I am also elated because I was able to assist East End Cooperative Ministry during my internship in raising the funds to build its Community House in East Liberty.

PROUD GRAD—Jackie Dixon is all smiles as she holds her Master’s degree from Carlow University

“In the very near future, Community House will enable EECM to provide service 24-hours a day and seven-days a week to the underserved in the East End.

“I cannot think of a better reason for my choice and for this degree than service. It’s what I do.”

Dixon graduated from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1971 with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration, and has since committed herself to serving communities in Western Pennsylvania. Her philanthropic contributions have resulted in numerous awards from the community and at Giant Eagle, including “The Frieda G. Shapira Community Service Award,” and the “Diamond Jewel” Award from Cribs for Kids, for her dedication to community service.

The Fox Chapel resident is also vice president of community relations for the Ladies Hospital Aid Society, and a member of the Executive and Activities Board of the Fox Chapel Area Newcomers Club. Dixon also serves as a board member of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden; North Hills Community Outreach; An Association for Children & Adults with Learning Disabilities. She is an active member of the University of Pittsburgh Community Research Advisory Board, Homewood-Squirrel Hill Redd-Up-Clean Up Coalition, Highmark Medical Review Committee, League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, theWorld Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the National Council of Jewish Women-Pittsburgh Section, the Fox Chapel Area Rotary Club, Heritage Community Initiatives in Braddock and Bible Center Church in Homewood.

Carlow’s winter commencement ceremony took place in Rosemary Heyl Theatre in Antonian Hall, on the Carlow campus.

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