The Michigan ACE Women’s Network annual conference was held June 5-6 in Lansing, with the theme “Make a Difference: Move the Needle in Michigan.”
The keynote speaker on June 6 was Susan E. Borrego, chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. Borrego is a nationally renown leader for student success, particularly for traditionally under-represented students. She also has served on numerous boards and national task forces, including as a team leader for the AASCU Hispanic Success study, chair of NASPA undergraduate fellows program, and consultant for the Irvine Campus Diversity Initiative project.
Speakers for June 5, hosted by the Women of Color Collaborative, were Denise B. Maybank, vice president for Student Affairs and Services at Michigan State University, and DeAngela Burns-Wallace is the vice provost for Undergraduate Studies at University of Kansas.
Maybank currently serves as commissioner of the Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission. She has served as co-chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Council on Student Affairs Executive Committee and as a member of the Lansing Community Board of Ele’s Place, a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children, teens, and their families.
Burns-Wallace was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year, working directly with presidents and other senior leaders, observing how the institution and its leaders address strategic planning, resource allocation, development, policy, and other issues and challenges.
Leadership Panel: Panelists discussed “Moving the Needle: Promoting Women in Leadership.” They were Susan E. Borrego, chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint; Michelle Crumm, CEO/owner of Present Value and member Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents; Diana McKnight-Morton, Washtenaw Community College board member; Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations, University of Michigan; and James M. Smith, president of Eastern Michigan University.
Award Recognition: Recipients of the Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership award were Christine Wallace, Kettering University, vice president of the Kettering Global Campus Clinical Faculty, Department of Business; and Theresa Stephens-Lock, Mott Community College, chief executive of public safety.
The Outstanding Institutional Representative award was presented to co-IRs Lisa Jones Copprue, Henry Ford College, vice president, Student Affairs; and Amy Ducher, Henry Ford College, special project coordinator, Academic Affairs and adjunct biology faculty member.
Public Policy Pioneers were recognized at the Annual Dinner: U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell and Lenore Romney (posthumously).