The Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN) has elected LCC’s executive assistant and board liaison, Benita Duncan as Secretary of the Executive Committee of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN) at its 2018 ACCT Leadership Congress in New York.
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. The PBSN consists of members from the Northern, Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Regions, and provides a national level resource for those who support governing boards and/or presidents/CEOs of community colleges.
Ms. Duncan was elected Secretary by her Professional Board Staff peers, and this position automatically ascends to the position of Vice President and then President.
“Congratulations to Benita Duncan on her recent election as Secretary of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network. Ms. Duncan plays an integral role as the Executive Assistant & Liaison to LCC’s Board of Trustees,” said Trustee Chair Andrew Abood. “I also want to congratulate the PBSN for electing a true professional and leader in Ms. Duncan. They will now benefit from the exemplary work she is known for.”
Ms. Duncan is a Lansing native and graduate of JW Sexton High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Howard University. Her appointment by the LCC Board of Trustees as Administrative Assistant to the Board came in 2006, and she was promoted to Executive Assistant and Liaison to the Board in 2015.
In her role, she manages the day-to-day operations of the Board of Trustees office, and is the primary contact person for individuals seeking to communicate with the Board. Ms. Duncan led the effort to transition from a paper, to paper-less system for Board meeting materials saving the college time and money. She has actively served on many college committees, personal search committees and interview panels.
In March 2008, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution honoring Ms. Duncan for her service as administrative support to the Presidential Screening and Search Committee for the hiring of the sixth college President. In October 2014, she received the 2014 Central Regional Professional Board Staff Member Award given annually by the ACCT, and a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan for exemplary service and dedication to the college, her family, her church and community.
She and her husband, Samuel Duncan IV have two daughters.