May 20, 2014
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – On Tuesday, Lake Michigan College Board Trustee Renee Williams announced her retirement from the College Board effective with the May meeting.
Williams was appointed to the Board in 1993 to fill an open seat. She won election to a two-year term in 1994, and to three subsequent six-year terms in 1996, 2002, and 2008. Her current term expires at the end of this year.
“We are grateful for Renee’s more than two decades of service on the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees,” stated Dr. David Maysick, Board chairman. “Her perspectives as an educator, LMC alumna, and lifelong resident of this community have been important as we have made decisions about the direction of the College. We will miss her contributions to the Board.”
Williams served as Board secretary from 1995 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, as well as treasurer from 2009 to 2010. During her 21 years on the Board, she provided leadership during a period of tremendous growth for the College including the addition of South Haven to the College’s district, construction of the Bertrand Crossing and South Haven campuses and M-TEC facility, renovation of the Napier Avenue Campus that created the One Stop Student Services Center, and the decision to open a residence hall on the Napier Avenue campus this fall.
“Renee has been a part of a transformative era in the College’s history. Her professional insights as well as her deep passion for what Lake Michigan College means to the advancement of this region have helped expand access to higher education for all area residents,” stated LMC President Dr. Robert Harrison.
Williams’ connection and service to Lake Michigan College has reached beyond her tenure on the Board of Trustees. She graduated from LMC in 1966, going on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University. During her years with the Benton Harbor Area Schools district, including those as superintendent, she fostered connections with the College through programs such as Upward Bound, which works with Benton Harbor High School students to focus attention and aspirations on furthering their education beyond high school.
She currently serves on the LMC Alumni Board. She also co-chaired the College’s 50th Anniversary celebration committee in 1996, and in 1997 the College recognized her professional accomplishments with the Clarence Beckwith Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Board of Trustees will appoint and announce a replacement for Williams within the next 30 days.