PCC Cascade Campus President announced that Senator Margaret Carter will have a PCC campus building named in her honor. Dedication ceremonies on October 21, 2011 will mark the 50th anniversary of PCC and be highlighted by the christening of the Senator Margaret Carter Technology Education Building.
Senator Carter turned her PSU bachelor’s degree into a successful career in public service. In 1973 she earned a BS in elementary education from PSU. After obtaining a master’s in educational psychology from Oregon State University, she began working for PCC as an instructor and adviser. In 1985, she became the first African American woman in the Oregon legislature, having won a seat in the House of Representatives where she served until 1999. She was elected to the Oregon Senate in 2000 and became president pro tempore in 1995. In August 2009, she resigned the Senate to become deputy director of the Oregon Department of Human Services.
She continues to support community and education issues in Portland and throughout Oregon.
- 2002 PSU Outstanding Alumni Award
- 2003 President of the Urban League of Portland
- 2007 President of the National Organization for Black Elected Legislative Women
- 2008 Heart of the Community Award by Hands On Greater Portland
- 2009 City of Portland declared Senator Margaret Carter Day December 16, 2009