by Pamela Young, Published June 17, 2013
YPSILANTI - Lynette Findley of Eastern Michigan University, has been named state coordinator for the Michigan-American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network.
Findley, an assistant vice president for academic success partnerships at EMU, will serve two years.
The American Council on Education is Michigan's largest professional development organization for women in higher education.
"As state coordinator, I'll be working with the 25-member board to help women gain skills necessary to take on leadership roles," said Findley.
The organization is committed to improving the general climate and professional environment for women, Findley said. "This work is important because the latest federal data shows, on average, women's median income levels, while working a full time job, is 77 cents for every dollar earned by men."
She notes that a recent study by the National Women's Law Center found that Michigan has the 7th largest wage gap for women in the nation. These gaps are wider for African American women who earn only 68 cents per every dollar, she said, and only 55 cents per dollar for Hispanic women compared to white men in Michigan.
Findley has been an active member of ACE for approximately ten years and has served on the board for six years. She was an ACE Fellow at California State University-Stanislaus in 2004-2005. Fellows immerse themselves in the culture and programs of other institutions.
Findley earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Michigan State University. She received a master's degree in guidance and counseling, and a bachelor's degree in special education, both from the University of Michigan.