For her tireless dedication to CALS, Cheryl Keithly was recently honored as the CALS 2018 Alumna of the year by the UA Alumni Association (UAAA). A celebration in honor of Keithly was held in Yuma, her place of residence, on January 10, 2019.
Keithly graduated from CALS in 1964 with a degree in Home Economics Education. She worked for the University of California as a 4-H Home Advisor for 4 years and then as a teacher, committed mother and volunteer. Since 1981, Keithly has also assisted her husband as a co-owner of Keithly Williams Seeds, Inc., an international seed distribution business covering the Western US and Mexico.
Throughout her life, Keithly has been a generous supporter of community organizations and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She has held positions on many University of Arizona boards, councils and committees including the UA Alumni Association Wildcat for Life Leadership Council, the Norton School Advisory Board, the CALS Alumni Board of Directors, and the Norton School Council of Alumni and Friends.
The Keithlys are members of the Ag 100 Council, which works with agribusiness leaders from all over Arizona to support CALS. They’ve also been charitable benefactors to CALS, having donated both personally and through their business to the CALS Career Center, the Forbes Building renovation, the Yuma Center of Excellence in Desert Agriculture, the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Glen Curtis Ag Research Building, and various other endowments and scholarships.
We applaud Cheryl Keithly on her tireless dedication to the UA, her role as a campus leader, and her embodiment of UA’s greatest alumni principle: “wildcat for life.” She has shown year after year that the UA is more than an academic institution, it’s a home to come back to and a community to be a part of.