Heather Lenkin ’72 and Pam Turbeville ’69 Honored as University of Arizona Alumnae of the Year
Pi Beta Phi’s Heather Lenkin ’72 and Pam Turbeville ’69 Honored as University of Arizona Alumnae of the Year
AZ Alpha is proud to share that two of our very own were recognized by the University of Arizona as Alumna of the Year. They have been incredible supporters for our university community as well as AZ Alpha and our recent house renovation. As Pam said: “In 1971, who would have thought that these two young Pi Phis would be standing on the same stage as Alumnae of the Year for their respective colleges?” “It is such an honor to be recognized with my sister, Heather Henricks-Lenkin”. Also of note, both alumnae were chosen for the Eugene Sander Lifetime Achievement award in 2020.
AZ Alpha’s Heather Lenkin ’72 Is The 2020-2021 University of Arizona Alumna of the Year for the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.
Heather Henricks Lenkin designs artful, thought-provoking landscapes that promote both joy and utility. Her work has won abundant recognition and international praise, and her passion for the built environment also has led to her tireless efforts to protect culture and historic resources.
A 1979 University of Arizona graduate with degrees in both interior design and architecture, with honors, Heather has been the President of Lenkin Design in California for 25 years. She serves as a trustee of the UA Foundation as well as the World Monuments Fund and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Preservation work has been her lifelong interest for Heather, and she has traveled the world to share her expertise in protecting culturally significant sites and structures. Southern Arizona’s Mission San Xavier Del Bac was designated as a World Monument Fund Watch site in 2016 due in large part to Heather’s efforts to raise worldwide awareness and concern about its status.
Since her time at the university, Heather has remained a proud Wildcat alumna. In addition to her work with the UA Foundation, she has supported and advised the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the Honors College. Additionally, she was a donor, volunteer, and provided her expertise in the construction of the front courtyard of the AZ Alpha Chapter House.
For her outstanding career success, her passionate work to protect the world’s cultural resources, and her unwavering support of the university, the Arizona Alumni Association is proud to name Heather Lenkin as its 2020-21 Alumna of the Year for the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.
AZ Alpha's Pamela Turbeville ’69 Is The 2020-2021 University of Arizona Alumna of the Year for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Descending from an Arizona pioneer family and generations of Arizona Wildcats, Pamela Turbeville graduated with distinction in 1972 with double majors in Family and Consumer Sciences and Education. With graduate degrees in Science and Business, she embarked on a career in the telecommunications, chemical, and manufacturing industries, making her mark as senior executive for major corporations, each time with her being the only woman as well as youngest senior executive. Pamela retired as CEO of Navistar Financial Corporation where she and her team oversaw an $8 billion portfolio.
Following retirement, she became an entrepreneur in the biotech industry. She is the co-founder and CEO of medical technology company i-calQ, which uses smartphone technology to deliver affordable point of care diagnostics to improve patient care.
Pam has served on the boards of many organizations. She was one of the founding members of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Board and continues as an active and engaged member. She has served on the UA Foundation Board of Trustees and is a current member of their National Leadership Council.
Pam has a long history of philanthropy at the University, supporting the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences and other areas within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She has also supported the Arizona Alumni Association, the College of Engineering, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Steele Children’s Research Center, the University of Arizona Office of Student Affairs, and our very own Arizona Alpha Chapter to help with our house renovation.
Intelligent, passionate, thoughtful, and very proud of her family's legacy as Wildcats, Pamela Turbeville promotes the ideals of the University of Arizona across the globe. The Arizona Alumni Association is pleased to name her the 2020-2021 Alumna of the Year for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.