Judith A. (Nelkie) Rapanos, ’59, is a community
leader who is wholeheartedly committed
to advancing the arts and cultural affairs
throughout the region, state and nation.
For many years Judy has dedicated her time
and leadership to supporting CMU and the
College of Communication and Fine Arts. This
includes serving as chair of the CCFA Advisory
Board, volunteer for the Opus Committee and
former member of the College of Medicine’s
Midland Steering Committee.
Judy has served as chair of the Midland
Center for the Arts and currently is involved as a trustee of the Midland Area
Community Foundation. Her state affiliations have included the Arts Foundation
of Michigan and serving as chair of the Michigan Council for the Arts and
Cultural Affairs as well as the Michigan Humanities Council.
On the national level, President George W. Bush appointed Judy to the
National Museum and Library Services Board and she has actively served in the
Republican Party at the local, district and state levels.
Judy has been recognized through many awards and honors, including the
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Distinguished Public Services Award,
the Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture in Michigan and an honorary Doctor
of Public Service degree from CMU in 2003.