Recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Woman in Higher Education awards are Ann E. Austin, professor of higher education, adult and lifelong education and associate dean for research for the College of Education, Michigan State University; and Kay Keck, vice president for student and community services, Kellogg Community College.
Presented by the Michigan ACE Women’s Network, the award honors women who have distinguished themselves by providing outstanding leadership to women in their institutions, in their profession and in society at large. The awards were presented June 4, 2019, at the annual conference in Lansing.
Austin has been a pillar of MSU’s College of Education for more than 20 years. Austin’s focus on strategies to support women in STEM education is recognized nationally in her service as co-leader of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, supported by the National Science Foundation. Austin is also co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education. She continually strives to increase the future for women through service on the NSF ADVANCE Program to increase the advancement of women in science and engineering careers.
Keck earned an associate’s degree from Kellogg Community College and has continuously served the college for four decades. Now as vice president of student and community services, Keck had been dean of enrollment, registrar and worked in the financial aid office. Keck launched the KCC Equity and Inclusion Committee, and serves as a mentor, role model and advocate in helping women to identify and navigate successful career paths. She launched KCC’s first chapter of the MI-ACE Women’s Network and recruited its first institutional representatives.
Keck earned a bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University, master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and doctoral degree in higher education leadership from Western Michigan University.