Weston honored with state's Distinguished Leadership Award
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Marcy Weston, Central Michigan University executive associate director of athletics/sport administration, was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award from the Michigan American Council on Education Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education May 22. Weston was nominated for her national impact on advancing women in collegiate athletics by CMU President George E. Ross. “I am humbled and extremely honored to receive the prestigious award from the Michigan ACE,” Weston said. Distinguished Woman Award Chairwoman for Michigan ACE Women’s Network Karen Klumpp believes Weston’s national reputation for being a positive influence on men and women involved in collegiate athletics made this year’s decision easier. “It’s a coveted award and everything spoke for itself on behalf of Marcy,” Klumpp said. “The way she’s made such a difference in higher education, and sports in particular, makes her such a worthy recipient, and we were delighted to honor her with this award.” The Michigan ACE Women’s Network recognizes honorees for their “groundbreaking work on behalf of women that is outside the scope of the nominee’s formal faculty or staff responsibilities,” focusing on recognizing those who have “distinguished themselves as advocates for women and catalysts for change.” Klumpp says it is a leadership award that looks at how women are going above and beyond the call of duty in leading the next generation toward their success. President Ross believes Marcy’s honor is long overdue. “Marcy Weston is an extraordinary woman who has provided outstanding leadership and service over her 40-year career at Central Michigan University,” Ross said. “She is indeed an outstanding woman, sports advocate and colleague.” Along with Weston, Alpena Community College faculty member Deborah Hautau and Hope College Interim Dean for Social Sciences Caroline Simon also were honored with this year’s award.