Press release: State organization for women in higher education honors GRCC’s Laurie Chesley



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


June 5, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s dean of arts and sciences was honored yesterday by Michigan’s leading professional development network for women in higher education.

The Michigan ACE (American Council on Education) Women’s Network presented Laurie Chesley with its Distinguished Leader Award during its state conference in East Lansing.

“She is a woman of strong character, courage and integrity,” said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “These qualities visibly guide her priorities and decisions.”

Dean Chesley has worked at GRCC since 2005. Previously, she was dean of humanities at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania and assistant vice president for academic affairs at Ferris State University.

GRCC colleagues have praised her for her strong leadership and mentoring skills. She has supported faculty-led conferences that have raised awareness around women’s issues on campus and in the community. She has made presentations at conferences on topics related to women’s studies, professional development and assessment.

She is a past recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Faculty Excellence Award. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and is a faculty member in Ferris’ doctoral program in community college leadership.

Phyllis Ivory Vroom, deputy president of Wayne State University, also is receiving a MI-ACE Distinguished Leadership Award today.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.