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Maureen Muir '84

Maureen "Mo" Muir says she owes much of her success to the student experience and the world-class education she received at the University of San Diego. Volunteering and staying involved in the community is one way alumna Maureen "Mo" Muir says "thank you" to the University of San Diego.

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating from USD, Maureen Muir established both a career and family in North San Diego County. Maureen, her husband Mark, and son Scotland live in the beautiful coastal community of Encinitas. Maureen serves as a tireless advocate for education, now elected to her second term on the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) Board. Maureen represents EUSD on the North Coastal Consortium for Special Needs, an advisory group, the Board of  Governors, which consists of superintendents and Board of Trustees- one board member from each District representing the 14 North County Districts. Maureen also completed the California School Board Association Master's of Governance Program, that equips board members with the knowledge and skills to build an effective governance structure. Maureen proudly serves on the First Five of San Diego County Technical and Professional Advisory Committee. The First 5 Commission of San Diego County leads the San Diego community in promoting the vital importance of the first five years of life to the well-being of children, families and society. In 2010 Maureen was honored as "Educator of the Year" from the New Encinitas Business Network while receiving special recognition from Congressman Brian Bilbray and Assemblyman Martin Garrick. Maureen remains actively involved in her community beyond education. She has recently been appointed to the Lifesharing Board, a division of the UCSD Medical Center, focusing on organ transplant and tissue donation. Working on behalf of Friends of the Library, Maureen raised thousands of dollars for the Encinitas Library. Her husband serves as a member of the Encinitas City Council, and former Fire Chief of Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas. Maureen is running for election to the San Dieguito Union School Board in 2014, the district her son Scotland is currently attending.

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
Maureen's favorite memory from her days as a student at USD is the beauty of the campus. Whether it was walking across the campus at night and seeing the twinkling lights, or studying in the  library in the late afternoon with the sun setting. 

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
The cafeteria was Maureen's favorite place on USD’s campus because it was rich with student life, serving as a central gathering place for friends new and old.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
Maureen's favorite person on campus was Sister Furay. She was provost and the heart of the school.  Under her tutlidge the university flourished.

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
Maureen has been fortunate enough to live, work, and volunteer in North San Diego County since graduation. She looks forward to her continued service as well as hosting alumni events in the future. 

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Maureen said, “You have a great foundation in education, the key is to fuse it with networking. Education and networking go hand and hand to be successful. Together, we can make a positive and lasting impact on San Diego County."

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