Oakland Community College Professional Named President of National Council

Michele Kersten-Hart, manager of multimedia and web services at Oakland Community College, is the new president of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) Board of Directors. She was installed at the council’s national conference in Charleston, S.C., succeeding Jennifer Boehmer, associate director for strategic communications at Portland Community College in Oregon.

A resident of White Lake, Mich., Kersten-Hart has over 27 years of experience in marketing and 17 years in higher education. In addition to leading the College’s web presence, brand standards and project design team, she has also has taught marketing and advertising classes as an adjunct instructor at OCC.

Before becoming NCMPR president, Kersten-Hart served on the council’s board as vice president/president-elect, secretary and District 3 director. Prior to joining OCC in 2000, Kersten-Hart held a sales and relationship management position with Addis Marketing and Incentives, Corp., where she worked with numerous industry clients, including advertising firms and radio media outlets.

Kersten-Hart graduated magna cum laude from Cleary University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing. She later earned a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s of business administration in strategic management from Davenport University. Kersten-Hart received post-master certificates in interactive marketing and leadership from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

NCMPR supports the professional development of community college communicators, representing more than 550 colleges across the United States and Canada and 1,700 members. It is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges and one of the largest affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges.

About OCC

With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. A fully accredited college, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965.

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Eileen Husband Named OCC General Counsel

Oakland Community College (OCC) welcomes Eileen Husband as general counsel, formerly general counsel and vice president of legal services at Henry Ford College.

Husband brings more than 15 years of local and statewide community college experience to OCC, including general counsel to the Michigan Community College Risk Management Authority representing its 21-member colleges throughout the state while partner at Cummings, McClorey, Davis and Acho.

“We are delighted to have the caliber of professional experience that Eileen brings to the College as an instructor and general counsel for higher education, public entities and business.” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “She has represented many of our colleagues across Michigan including work at OCC and as a resident of Oakland County, we are happy she is bringing this depth of experience to her home community.”

Prior to her work in higher education, Husband was general counsel at Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., onsite counsel for Greektown Casino and assistant general counsel for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART).

A Novi resident, Husband has received numerous honors and awards including the prestigious “Women in the Law Award” from the Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly in 2011. She was also named a “Super Lawyer” in 2014 by Thomson Reuters, a “Top labor and Employment Attorney” in 2015 by Detroit Business Magazine; and was a contributor to the first edition of “Employment Law in Michigan, An Employer’s Guide,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education-University of Michigan.

“I am excited to join OCC’s outstanding leadership team in supporting OCC’s mission in the community and being a champion for the College in the region,” said Husband. “It is a truly a great honor to be part of the continuing tradition of Oakland Community College.”

Husband earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor of Law degree from Detroit College of Law.

About OCC
With five campuses throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. It offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965.