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Peggi Howard announces her pending retirement

By Peggi Howard

Peggi Howard holding a yellow Labrador/golden retriever cross puppy.

Not many people have the opportunity to retire a second time.

When I retired in 2015 after 26 years at Drew University, I thought I’d written my last retirement letter. I’m grateful for this chance to write a second one, because these last three years as President & CEO of The Seeing Eye have been the highlight of my career.

When I first joined The Seeing Eye’s Board of Trustees in 2009, I hoped I could make a difference at this wonderful organization that was one of the Garden State’s many gems. Everyone had heard of Seeing Eye dogs, since 1929 used by thousands of people across the United States and Canada… but how many knew they were all born and trained right here in New Jersey?

Fifteen years later, as we celebrate our 95th anniversary and more than 18,000 Seeing Eye partnerships created, The Seeing Eye dog is the official State Dog of New Jersey.

I’ve held many titles over the years, from Executive Director to Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President of Administration & University Relations to President & CEO. And now it is time for me to try on the title of grandma.

A search is underway to find the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer of this incredible organization.

I hope you share my belief that The Seeing Eye today is even better than I joined 15 years ago. We continue to be the gold standard of guide dog schools, well prepared to face whatever challenges lay ahead as we approach our 100th anniversary and beyond. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of The Seeing Eye’s amazing story.