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Dr. June Pierce Youatt Named 2014 ATHENA Award Recipient

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For Immediate Release                                            Ross Woodstock

                                                                              Kolt Communications, Inc.

November 24, 2014                                                  517-706-0001/517-410-7636

                                                                               Ross@koltpr.com

 

Dr. June Pierce Youatt Named 2014 ATHENA Award Recipient

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of Michigan State University to be Honored at Annual ATHENA Award Luncheon on December 11 

(Lansing, MI) – Dr. June Pierce Youatt, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Michigan State University (MSU), will be honored by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. Dr. Youatt will be honored at the annual ATHENA Award Luncheon on Thursday, December 11. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

“Dr. Youatt’s leadership approach is a mirror of the person each of us wants and, indeed, needs as a colleague and friend,” said Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, president of MSU. “Simultaneously, June is passionate yet compassionate; strong yet humble; focused on goals yet open to new ideas; a determined visionary yet a consensus builder; unrelenting in the quest for quality yet always ready to lend a hand to those less fortunate; and your worst critic and yet your best friend.”

Dr. Youatt has spent her entire career at MSU, where she is also a professor of Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Youatt, as the current provost and executive vice president at MSU, helps to ensure the quality of faculty by administering and monitoring procedures and criteria for faculty appointments and promotions, working conditions, and tenure. Dr. Youatt also manages the quality of student learning by overseeing the curriculum while encouraging and coordinating initiatives in undergraduate education. Additionally, Dr. Youatt organizes recruiting and admissions for undergraduate and graduate programs and is responsible for supervising academic and budgetary planning and priorities.

With a career focused so deeply on Human Development and Family Studies, Dr. Youatt has been provided ample opportunity to work directly with young women seeking preparation for career, community involvement and family. This department carries a student body that is nearly 90% female, so the majority of Dr. Youatt’s Masters and Doctoral students are female. While mentoring and helping these women reach their highest potential, Dr. Youatt sought a need to mentor undergraduates as well. Her latest satisfaction is in mentoring undergraduates, particularly first generation college students.

Dr. Youatt’s background in Human Development and Family Studies is significant in her community leadership and involvement, too. Over the years, Dr. Youatt has committed a significant amount of time, talent and energy into serving low-income families and children. She works specifically with Haven House in East Lansing as well as Lansing Christian Services on the Rotating Sanctuary project. In addition, Dr. Youatt works with Love Clothing Center by providing services to clients and organizes local drives for contributions of new school clothing. Dr. Youatt is committed to advocacy for youth in the community.

Started in Lansing in 1982 by Martha Mertz, the ATHENA Award is presented annually in over 500 communities internationally. It recognizes individuals for professional excellence, for providing valuable service to the community and for actively assisting all women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence.

The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including www.lansingchamber.org, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), Linked In and You Tube.

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