Mary H CUMPSTON Award – Portland State University

The Mary H. Cumpston Award recognizes one PSU academic professional or university administrator without academic rank for excellence in the area of service to students. The recipient of the annual award is given a citation and a $1,500 check.

Can anyone help me identify Mary H Cumpston?  I wrote to the University a year ago but have had no response.  I’ve written again today to the University asking for information.


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Member of the Guild of One Name Studies researching the name CUMPSTON and its variants. You can see my website at I have a new study of the name LAXEN with its own blog at and a further research blog which is not registered as a one name study of KNAGGS of Flamborough
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2 Responses to Mary H CUMPSTON Award – Portland State University

  1. mallerstang says:

    Today I heard from the Portland State University that they were investigating for me the history of Mary H Cumpston. They also sent me the following item:

    Awards: Mary H. Cumpston Award for Service to Students
    The Cumpston Award for Service to Students is given annualy to an academic professional or unranked Univeresity administrator who has demonstrated excellence in the area of service to students.

    Mary H. Cumpston was a beloved colleague whose enduring contributions to Portland State University and to the community have enhanced the development and delivery of student services. Mary graduated from Portland State in 1957 and returned to the University after seven years of teaching in Portland Public Schools. She served as director of the PSU Career Center for most of her career until retirement in 1999. During her tenure, she was a tireless student advocate. Her work touched the lives of countless men and women, fostering friendships and creating opportunities for student success in college and beyond. She was known for her ability to bridge the academic and administrative spheres of influence, and was elected presiding officer of Faculty Senate in 1981-82. Her work centered on methods to improve educational access, persistence, and post-graduate professional preparedness. She was known to see the best in everyone and sought ways to help all those with whom she came in contact to achieve full personal and professional potential. Her gift was the ability to identify individual and University needs and to match these needs with creative and effective solutions. Mary embodied the meaning of excellence in service to students and to Portland State University.

    2009 – Layton Borkan

  2. Tim Ferguson says:

    Tell me what additional information you need in regards to Mary Cumpston. She was my aunt and if you are still seeking additional information please let me know.

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