LANSING, Mich. – LCC has named Dr. Dale Dan as the college’s Chief Diversity Officer following a national
search. She brings a wealth of expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts
in higher education.
Most recently, Dan served as the Chief Diversity Officer for Empire State University, part of the State University of New York system. Before that, she was Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a professor of Education and Business for Bethel University in Minnesota. Her projects included DEI strategic planning, rebuilding recruitment and hiring systems to ensure fairness, and developing extensive diversity, equity and inclusion trainings for students, employees and leadership.
Dan’s higher education career began in the classroom in the mid-2000s, when she worked as an adjunct and full-time professor of leadership and business at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She focused on growing online learning to better serve marginalized students who needed the flexibility of online classes and succeeded in expanding the university’s online campus from four students to 450, while maintaining a 98% retention rate.
She went on to teach and serve in roles related to online education and diversity and equity at Bethel University in Indiana, Bakke Graduate University, Carlos Albizu University, Westcliff University and Serenity Projects, Inc.
“I am very excited to welcome Dr. Dan to LCC to continue the work of championing DEI at the college,” LCC President Steve Robinson said. “Despite our successes to date there is still work ahead of us. Dr. Dan is a talented leader who brings a 20-year career in equity work, online education and teaching. LCC will benefit from her insights and expertise and her commitment to continuing the transformative work LCC is known for.”
Dale holds a doctorate in Education and Organizational Leadership and a master’s of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She also earned post-graduate certificates from Harvard University. Her bachelor’s degree is from The Ohio State University, and she is a certified U.S. Supreme Court mediator and corporate mediator.
Dr. Dan will begin in her role on Jan. 8, 2024.
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 lcc.edu.
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.