Lansing Community College

LCC's Board of Trustees Liaison elected to national role

During the 2018 ACCT Leadership Congress in New York, Ms. Benita Duncan was elected as Secretary to the Executive Committee of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN). The position of secretary automatically ascends to the position of Vice President and then President.

Group of women during the 2018 ACCT Leadership Congress in New York

(back row: Members at Large (left to right) – Amanda Ficken-Davis, Pacific Region; Cynthia Gruskos, Northeast Region; Heidi Soodsma, Central Region; Esther Sonen-Yun, Western Region; Sara Kleinpeter, Southern Region

(front row: Margaret Lamb, Immediate Past President; Jeannie Moton, Vice President; Pamela Payne, President; Benita Duncan, Secretary; Tiffany Prince, Communications Coordinator

LANSING, Mich. – The Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN) has elected LCC’s executive assistant and board liaison, Benita Duncan as Secretary of the Executive Committee of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN) at its 2018 ACCT Leadership Congress in New York.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. The PBSN consists of members from the Northern, Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Regions, and provides a national level resource for those who support governing boards and/or presidents/CEOs of community colleges.

Ms. Duncan was elected Secretary by her Professional Board Staff peers, and this position automatically ascends to the position of Vice President and then President.

“Congratulations to Benita Duncan on her recent election as Secretary of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network. Ms. Duncan plays an integral role as the Executive Assistant & Liaison to LCC’s Board of Trustees,” said Trustee Chair Andrew Abood. “I also want to congratulate the PBSN for electing a true professional and leader in Ms. Duncan. They will now benefit from the exemplary work she is known for.”

Ms. Duncan is a Lansing native and graduate of JW Sexton High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Howard University. Her appointment by the LCC Board of Trustees as Administrative Assistant to the Board came in 2006, and she was promoted to Executive Assistant and Liaison to the Board in 2015.

In her role, she manages the day-to-day operations of the Board of Trustees office, and is the primary contact person for individuals seeking to communicate with the Board. Ms. Duncan led the effort to transition from a paper, to paper-less system for Board meeting materials saving the college time and money. She has actively served on many college committees, personal search committees and interview panels.

In March 2008, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution honoring Ms. Duncan for her service as administrative support to the Presidential Screening and Search Committee for the hiring of the sixth college President.  In October 2014, she received the 2014 Central Regional Professional Board Staff Member Award given annually by the ACCT, and a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan for exemplary service and dedication to the college, her family, her church and community.

She and her husband, Samuel Duncan IV have two daughters.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

Lansing Community College provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

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