Mayor Suthers presented the Spirit of the Springs Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Pamela Shockley-Zalabak for her incredible vision, leadership and stewardship, unparalleled efforts to promote economic growth and higher education in our region and truly remarkable contributions to the city of Colorado Springs.
Dr. Zalabak has had a tremendous influence on our city’s economy, job creation and education. Under her leadership, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) has transformed from a tiny little college to a vibrant, major university and an economic force in Colorado Springs. UCCS is responsible for 6,200 jobs and forecasted to contribute $1 billion a year in economic impact by the year 2020.
The campus growth has not only transformed the university, it continues to transform Colorado Springs with ongoing projects like the national cybersecurity center, a sports medicine and performance center and a world-class visual and performing arts center. Dr. Zalabak’s vision, inspiration and leadership will continue to shape our city and Southern Colorado for generations to come.