“The Colorado Springs Society of the Friendly Sons and Daughters of St. Patrick” has selected University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor Dr. Pam Shockley – Zalabak as the Grand Marshal for the 2014 City of Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Dr. Shockley will be our 30th Grand Marshal and she follows a long list of community leaders who have led our community’s largest Parade. The likes of Chuck Murphy, Mayor Leon Young, Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, Councilwoman Mary Ellen McNally, Jim Lyons (Denver Attorney and author of the Irish Peace) accord and Sr. Myra James Bradley the CEO of Penrose St. Francis Hospitals, and many others have had the opportunity to be recognized for their contributions to our community. “We are very honored that she has accepted to be this year’s Grand Marshal and glad that she will be at the head of the Parade this year” said Friendly Sons President Dan Russell.
Dr. Shockley – Zalabak is the author of eight books and more than 100 articles and productions on organizational communication, Dr. Shockley Zalabak's research interests’ center on building organizational trust. Her latest book, "Building the High Trust Organization" was published in 2010
In addition to her duties as chancellor, Shockley-Zalabak continues to teach in the UCCS Communication Department.
Prior to assuming chancellor responsibilities, Dr. Shockley-Zalabak was vice chancellor for student success and the founding chair of the UCCS Communication Department. Dr. Shockley-Zalabak is the recipient of the University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Award, President's Award for Outstanding Service, Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Faculty, the Colorado Speech Communication Association Distinguished Member Award, the 2003 Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award, the 2005 Student Government Association Student Choice for Instructor of the Year Award, the 2008 and 2011 Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award, and the 2011 Leadership Pikes Peak Makepeace Community Trustee Award.
An Oklahoma native, Shockley-Zalabak earned bachelors and master's degrees in communication from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. She earned her PhD. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in organizational communication.