2019 conference, award recipients

The 2019 conference, “Make a Difference: Leading in a Climate of Change,” was held June 3-4 in Lansing.

Keynote speakers were Michelle Loyd-Paige, executive associate to the president for Diversity and Inclusion at Calvin College; Caroline Kim and Kat Walsh, from the University of Michigan, who gave a presentation about “Why Is Change So Hard?”; Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., president of Oakland University; and Valerie Young, author and expert on the imposter syndrome.

Laurie Chesley, provost at Grand Rapids Community College, was interviewed during a leadership panel about her upcoming move to Oregon, where she will assume the role of president of Central Oregon Community College.

A panel of elected officials spoke about serving the public in today’s climate. Moderated by state Rep. Vanessa Guerra, panelists were Jacqueline El-Sayed, vice president for academic affairs at Marygrove College; Lynette Findley, clerk of Superior Township; and Sherikia L. Hawkins, city clerk for Southfield.

The Distinguished Women in Higher Education awards were presented to 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.

The Outstanding Institutional Representative Award was was renamed to honor Chiara Hensley, retired assistant vice president for student affairs for Eastern Michigan University, and presented to LCC co-IRs Lisa Mazure, controller, and Patricia Spagnuolo, director of University Center and Transfer Initiatives.

The MI-ACE annual dinner recognized Public Policy Pioneers Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and (posthumously) Carol Hollenshead.

Keynote speaker Valerie Young

Keynote speaker Valerie Young

Keynote speaker Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Oakland University

Keynote speaker Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Oakland University

Keynote speaker Michelle Loyd-Paige

Keynote speaker Michelle Loyd-Paige