Ferris administrator DeeDee Stakley, the director of the Office of Transfer and Secondary Partnerships, is continuing her journey in lifelong learning, with the help of a veteran higher education leader.
On Sept. 15, Stakley attended a one-day orientation on the Grand Valley State University campus, to begin her involvement in the Michigan ACE (American Council on Education) Women’s Network Senior-Level Leadership Shadow Program. Her mentor in this process, which will continue through the academic year, is Christine Hammond, the President of Mid-Michigan Community College in Harrison.
Stakley is one of five women who will participate in applied learning and observational opportunities, to assist their aspirations for senior-level positions in academia. This is the second cohort of the program offered by the Michigan ACE Women’s Network.
Stakley came to Ferris in 2011, as the center was established by the Office of Academic Affairs. She came to the university from Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, having served there in a variety of roles.