MSU Provost Named 2014 ATHENA Award Recipient

(WLNS) – The ATHENA award is one of mid-Michigan’s most prestigious honors and today the 2014 recipient has been announced.

Dr. June Pierce Youatt, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Michigan State University, will be honored by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 ATHENA Award selection.

“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.

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.

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