Honors & Awards
A Summary Listing of Colleges Receiving Institution and Individual Honors and Awards
Cynthia Glass, vice president of human resources /special assistant to the president at Henry Ford College (Mich.), will be honored as one of the American Society of Employers Michigan Human Resource Executives of the Year at the Detroit Athletic Club. Joe Zitnik, president of the HFC Support Staff Association and a network and systems analyst at the college, nominated Glass for this award. She is one of four HR professionals in Michigan to receive this prestigious award in 2016. The ASE honors outstanding HR executives annually who are evaluated based on the nominee’s commitment to the HR profession, successes in his or her past and current positions, contributions to the community, impact on the lives of others and the success of his or her organization. Glass has spent 16 of her 26-year career in higher education. She was the vice president of human resources and labor relations at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron from 2005- 06. From 2006-11, she worked at Owens Community College (OCC) in Toledo, first as the associate vice president of human resources and labor relations, then as the vice president of human resourcesso served as an adjunct instructor at OCC. She came to HFC in 2011 as the director of HR. She began her current position in 2014. Glass earned her undergraduate degree in socio-economics and economics and her graduate degree in labor & industrial relations from Michigan State University. From there, she earned her doctorate in instructional technology & distance education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Gadsden State Community College (Ala.) has awarded the prestigious Clemis L. Bailey Nursing Scholarship to Brittany Hindman. Hindman, a student at Gadsden State Cherokee, said she is excited to begin her career in nursing. She maintains a parttime job as well as a 3.5 grade point average. The endowment is a memorial for the late Clemis Bailey. It is given to a student residing in Cherokee County. Bailey was a beloved volunteer at Cherokee County Medical Center until her health began to decline. When her sickness left her unable to walk, her husband took her on several occasions to the hospital to visit the staff and patients.
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy has been named as the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 5 Pacesetter of the Year for 2016. The award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated special leadership and support in community college marketing and public relations. It is awarded annually in each of NCMPR’s seven districts. District recipients automatically become a nominee for the national award, which is presented at the national conference every spring. As a nominee for District 5, Purdy was up against community college presidents from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Purdy became president of MPCC in May of 2013 after spending more than a year as the college’s interim president. Since taking over the helm, Purdy has been instrumental in growing enrollment from 7,837 in 2012 to 9,150 in 2015, making MPCC the only community college in Nebraska with positive enrollment increases. Purdy has supported the development of new programs in health occupations, including Fire Science, and helped implement new curriculum for the college’s associate degree in nursing program.