Lansing Community College

LCC Chief Diversity Officer to be honored by Michigan Ace Network`

Dr. Tonya Bailey to receive Network’s highest honor

By Marilyn Twine

LCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Tonya Bailey

Lansing, Mich. - LCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Tonya Bailey will receive the coveted Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award at the June 14, 2022, state conference of the Michigan ACE (American Council on Education) Network.

The Michigan ACE Network, known widely as "the voice of women in Michigan higher education, "established the annual award in the year 2000 to salute the singular achievements of women who break barriers and establish leadership models for women professionals at all levels within higher education.

This year, Dr. Tonya Bailey, Chief Diversity Officer at Lansing Community College, Keri Becker, Athletic Director at Grand Valley State University, and Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Michigan State University will be honored.

Bailey is cited for her efforts on behalf of the human need for community, connection and belonging. She has founded and led a number of programs at LCC focused on equity, inclusion and inspiration of young women.

Grand Valley's nationally renowned Keri Becker has had a remarkable career both as an athletic director and as an advocate for women in sports and as an exemplar of the role that sports and athletics play in leadership development. She is a tireless advocate for women and racial equity.

Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff is being honored not only for the pivotal role she played in orchestrating the unprecedented response of MSU faculty, staff and students as thousands of individuals transitioned to COVID pandemic-required virtual, online learning. But, during this same period Provost Woodruff led an exhaustive and inclusive effort with MSU's broad constituencies to create a powerful new Strategic Plan for 2030, which addressed a number of sensitive issues and asserted crucial, universally approved values.

The 2022 award ceremony will take place on the second day of the Network's annual state conference (June13-14), planned by the Network Board and hosted by The College of Creative Studies. The Conference will be held at the Novi Suburban Collection Showplace conference center 46100 Grand River in Novi, Michigan.

This year the conference will focus on "Women Leading with Resilience in Challenging Times." The conference will address both the impact on women in the recent and continuing COVID challenges, and the remarkable response of women in higher education who have taken on added responsibilities and are juggling a wide array of unprecedented professional and personal-impact situations, such as childcare, family and the healthcare of loved ones.

Dr. Linda Logan, State Chair of MI-ACE said, "In our rapidly changing world we need the diversity of thought and abundance of talent all genders bring to the table. In particular, we need the insightful leadership of women in policymaking to create an open and just higher education environment. By their example, our Distinguished Women honorees inspire us to provide an ever-increasing pool of talent to Michigan's college and university campuses."

Congratulations, Dr. Bailey, you make us proud!


About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 14,500 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 Transfer 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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