Lansing Community College

LCC Board of Trustees board liaison makes history

By Marilyn Twine

Benita Duncan

Lansing, Mich. – The Professional Board Staff Network has elected LCC’s executive assistant and board liaison Benita Duncan as President. Her election came during the recent 2021 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress in San Diego, California.

Ms. Duncan becomes the first Black woman to ascend to the position of President for the Executive Committee of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN). The PBSN is a national level resource for those who support governing boards or presidents of community colleges.

“Behind every great CEO there is an exceptional Executive Assistant serving, but more importantly, leading and working confidently with their CEO and peers with diplomacy and influence,” said Ms. Duncan. “I am extremely humbled and honored to serve as the first Black President. Being the President of the PBSN allows me to serve my peers on a national level. Part of my responsibilities will include leading our team with the planning for our upcoming conference in New York City next year.”

Ms. Duncan has been with the Board since 2006 and was promoted to Executive Assistant and Liaison to the Board in 2015. The Lansing native and Howard University graduate manages the day-to-day operations of the LCC Board of Trustees office and is the primary contact person for individuals seeking to communicate with the Board. She led the effort to transition from a paper to paperless system for Board meeting materials saving the college time and money. She has actively served on many college committees, personnel search committees and interview panels.

“Congratulations to Ms. Duncan on her recent election as President of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network,” said LCC Board of Trustees Chair Ryan Buck. “The PBSN has elected a gifted professional and leader in Ms. Duncan and they will now benefit from the same exemplary work she has used to help make Lansing Community College a national leader in student success initiatives. She represents the very best of what makes LCC the place where success begins.”

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 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 the community.

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

About Association of Community College Trustees

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.

These community professionals, business officials, public policy leaders, and leading citizens offer their time and talent to serve on the governing boards of this century’s most innovative higher education institutions-community, junior, and technical colleges- and make decisions that affect more than 1,200 colleges and over 11 million students annually.

 

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 lcc.edu.

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of 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 that is unrelated to the person's ability to 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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