On the first full day of the symposium, members heard from the candidates for secretary-, vice president-, and president-elect during the annual business meeting. These three positions will lead the CCME board starting in 2015. Following the election, the members voted:
•Cynthia Bruce Andrews, associate vice president – military operations for University of Maryland University College, secretary-elect
•Lane Huber, chief distance learning & military affairs officer for Bismarck State College, vice president-elect
•Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations for Grantham University, president-elect.
On Wednesday night, following a wonderful performance by “Letters From Home,” CCME handed out its annual awards. These were awarded by CCME president Dr. Michael Heberling, president for Baker College Center for Graduate Studies, to recognize outstanding contributions and accomplishments of its members. This year’s recipients were:
•John Brian Service and Leadership Award – Outstanding service to the voluntary education community by a government employee – William Garcia, US Navy
•CCME Institution Award – Presented to a higher education institution in recognition of its significant contributions to the cause of military education – Saint Martin’s University
•Lifetime Achievement Award – Andrea Baridon, Servicemembers Opportunity College
•Service Award – Linda Frank, Empire State College, and GySgt Axel Davila, USMC
On Friday, a passing of the batons occurred as the new CCME board leaders officially stepped into their positions. The board leadership for 2014 is:
•Jim Yeonopolus, president – continental & international campus operations for Central Texas College, president
•Francisco “Franc” Lopez, military liaison for Columbia Southern University, vice president
•Margaret Reed, senior director for Webster University – Colorado Springs, secretary
•Cheri Arfsten, director of military & veterans programs for Pikes Peak Community College, treasurer
Congratulations to the new CCME board members, and this year’s award recipients. Next year’s annual symposium will be held in Anaheim, Calif. To learn more about CCME, please visit http://ccmeonline.org.