2005 Honorary Degree
Peggy Wild has distinguished herself in education as an energizer of teachers across the nation, transforming the way family and consumer sciences curriculum is taught in Indiana and beyond.
She is the state specialist in family and consumer sciences education in the Office of Career and Vocational Services for the Indiana Department of Education, living in Indianapolis. She is credited with providing leadership, vision and determination in spearheading both state and national curriculum revisions to move middle and secondary school teaching of family and consumer sciences into the 21st century.
During her 11 years in Indiana, Wild has collaborated extensively with Purdue University faculty, students, administrators and alumni and is an active member of the Consumer and Family Science Education Advisory Board. She regularly lectures in Purdue classrooms and is readily available as a source of expertise, information and advice.
Born in Mattoon, Ill., and raised in Tucson, Ariz., Wild received all of her degrees at the University of Arizona, earning a bachelor of science in home economics education in 1968, a bachelor of arts in elementary education in 1971, a master of science in home economics in 1975 and a doctorate in secondary education in 1979. During that time, she accumulated classroom experience in Litchfield, Ariz.; Mountain Home, Idaho; Tucson, Ariz.; and Denver, Colo. She then joined the home economics education faculty at her alma mater and at Pima Community College in Tucson.
In 1981, Wild moved to New Hampshire as a teacher at Kingswood Regional High School, which led to a position as state supervisor for vocational home economics for the Department of Education. From there, she became director of education, publications and annual meetings for the American Home Economics Association in Washington, D.C., and national marketing manager of vocational education for McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company in Mission Hills, Calif.
Wild has been recognized for her expertise numerous times with honors and awards, including the Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education Award of Merit in 2004.