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Three inspiring Central Michigan University women to be honored

CMU American Council on Education recognizes women’s careers in higher education

​​Three Central Michigan University women will be honored Thursday, March 5, at the 2015 Woman of the Year Luncheon to commemorate Women's History Month.

Amy McGinnis has been selected as Woman of the Year by the CMU American Council on Education. She began her career at CMU in 1999 as an employment and compensation administrator for the human resources department. McGinnis later became a fixed-term faculty member within the College of Business Administration.  She recently earned her doctorate in higher education leadership, presenting her dissertation "The relationship between communication, conflict, and leadership behaviors of women at varying levels of leadership in higher education" last December. 

"Amy truly exemplifies what it means to be a leader to others," said Biology Chairperson Tracy Galarowicz. "She helps women succeed through active mentoring and networking, connecting individuals to one another, and opening doors for communication."

CMU ACE Women of Excellence recipients are Shelly Hinck and Kim Voisin.

Hinck, the interim dean for the College of Communication and Fine Arts, began her career at CMU in 1988 as an assistant professor in the communication and dramatic arts department. She has used academic service learning to conduct research with her students to help shape organizational change for nonprofits and has conducted development within prison populations.

"Dr. Hinck has a tremendous reputation of supporting women in higher education with a conviction to promote justice in our campus and global community," said Shawna Ross, director of the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center.

Voisin, assistant director of Residence Life, began at CMU in 1988 as a residence hall director. She serves on the CMU Athletics Gender Equity Committee, the Accessibility and Disability Advisory Council, and the Isabella County CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition.

"She is the quiet empowering leader serving as a coordinator and facilitator for numerous activities that support students in developing leadership skill," said Residence Hall Director Steely Pegg.

The Woman of the Year luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. Tickets are $12 per person with a registration deadline of Tuesday, March 3. Registration is available at

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