Board of Trustees board liaison makes history

The Professional Board Staff Network has elected as president LCC’s Executive Assistant and Board Liaison Benita Duncan. Her election came during the recent 2021 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress in San Diego, California.
 
Duncan becomes the first Black woman to ascend to the position of president for the Executive Committee of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN). The PBSN is a national-level resource for those who support governing boards or presidents of community colleges.
 
“Behind every great CEO, there is an exceptional executive assistant serving, but more importantly, leading and working confidently with their CEO and peers with diplomacy and influence,” Duncan said. “I am extremely humbled and honored to serve as the first Black president. Being the president of the PBSN allows me to serve my peers on a national level. Part of my responsibilities will include leading our team with the planning for our upcoming conference in New York City next year.”
 
Duncan has been with the Board since 2006 and was promoted to executive assistant and liaison to the Board in 2015. The Lansing native and Howard University graduate manages the day-to-day operations of the LCC Board of Trustees office, and is the primary contact person for individuals seeking to communicate with the Board. She led the effort to transition from a paper to paperless system for Board meeting materials, saving the college time and money. She has actively served on many college committees, personnel search committees and interview panels.
 
“Congratulations to Ms. Duncan on her recent election as president of the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network,” Board of Trustees Chair Ryan Buck said. “The PBSN has elected a gifted professional and leader in Ms. Duncan, and they will now benefit from the same exemplary work she has used to help make Lansing Community College a national leader in student success initiatives. She represents the very best of what makes LCC the place where success begins.”
 
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 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 the community.
 
She and her husband, Samuel Duncan IV, have two daughters.