During her thirty-three years with Lake Michigan College, Anne Erdman has contributed as a part-time faculty member, administrator, and volunteer, helping place LMC within reach for countless students throughout the region.
Joining the College in 1985 as the Hospitality Program Chair and Director of Food Management and Conference Services, Anne developed associate degree and certificate programs in Hospitality Management. She also transitioned Conference Services from a contracted service into a College-operated unit.
Anne progressed quickly into new areas of responsibility including Executive Director of Facilities Management and Auxiliary Services, Special Assistant to the President, Executive Director of Human Resources, and her current position as Vice President. In each position, she has provided vital leadership. Her accomplishments include developing employee recognition programs, directing the ACCT Award recognized College diversity commitment, crafting a five-year facilities plan that became the model for statewide reporting, reorganizing bookstore operations including introduction of text rentals and online options, and establishing on-campus childcare for use by LMC students and staff.
In addition to being the legal officer for the College including administration of contracts, Anne represents the administration in negotiations with the institution’s two employee union groups and provides strategic support for the President. Her work with administrators and lawmakers in state government has to date secured over $25 million in grants for LMC.
Since the 1990s, Anne has led eight major construction projects – the Mendel Center for Arts and Technology, Niles Campus at Bertrand Crossing, M-TEC, One-Stop Student Services Center, South Haven Campus, Beckwith Residence Hall, Hawk’s Nest and the Hanson Technology Center – several of which were nationally recognized for design excellence. Each has allowed the College to better serve the community through expanded cultural and educational opportunities. Anne, in partnership with Academic Affairs and her team, is currently working on construction of a Wine & Viticulture Center and a $33 million renovation of the College’s main academic facility.
Anne has set an example by co-founding the Annual LMC Holiday Food Basket Drive and serving in a leadership role with the LMC Winner’s Circle Scholarship Auction, which is the College’s largest annual fundraising effort. She has led the College’s United Way Pacesetter Campaign and served as Group Chair for United Way of Southwest Michigan. Anne is Past President, Michigan Community College Business Officers Association; Past Community/Commuter College Committee Chair of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services; and Past Board Member of and Officer of the Central Association of College Auxiliary Services.
Anne holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Food Business Management from Virginia Tech University and a Master's of Science degree in Administration from the University of Notre Dame where she graduated cum laude.
Anne is the recipient of several honors including Lake Michigan College’s highest award, the Bernard C. Radde Distinguished Service Award presented to individuals who advanced the cause of the College and higher education. Additionally, she was named one of the region’s Movers and Shakers.