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Lansing Community College Board of Trustees to Interview Three Candidates for Open Seat

November 12, 2015

LANSING, MICH. - At a special meeting on November 9, the Lansing Community College (LCC) Board of Trustees selected the following three individuals to interview for the Trustee position previously held by Dr. Judith Berry who resigned on October 26.

  1. Alex Azima. Work history: Professor of Physics & Physics Chair, LCC; Health Physicist & Dosimetry Section Head, Consumers Powers Co.; Nuclear Defense Physicist, State of Michigan; Research Physicist, Argonne National Lab; currently, Retired.
  2. Ronald Gillum. Work history: State Director, Office of Extended Learning Services, Michigan Department of Education; Executive Director, Detroit College of Business; Director of Community Development, Davenport University; Executive Director, Black Child and Family Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Western Michigan University, Wayne County Community College and Saginaw Valley State University; currently, Retired.
  3. Todd Heywood. Work history: Senior Reporter, The American Independent News Network, Washington, D.C.; Campaign Director, Fred Karger for President of the United States, Laguna Beach, CA; currently, Lead News Reporter, City Pulse Newspaper; Capitol Reporter, Between the Lines Newspaper, Livonia, MI.

The three individuals were selected from a pool of 18 applicants. The Board will interview them at the next regularly scheduled meeting on November 16, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Paula D. Cunningham Administration Building Board Room. As LCC is a public institution, the entire process will be open to the public.

The individual selected to fill the Board seat will hold office until December 31, 2016. The election to fill the remaining four years of this position will be held at the next general election in November 2016.

Other applicants included:

  1. Neil Austin
  2. A'Lynne Boles Duke
  3. John Castillo
  4. C. Douglass Couto
  5. John M. Drolett
  6. Margarito Garcia III
  7. Michael Hirten
  8. Janice Hite
  9. John Ingraham
  10. Angela Mathews
  11. Barlow Muller
  12. Richard Pritchard
  13. Victoria Rakowski
  14. Matthew R. Randall
  15. Guy Sweet

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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