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NACUA's Distinguished Service Award

Kenneth Andre McKanders - 2009

Kenneth Andre McKanders has been General Counsel for Eastern Michigan University (EMU) since 1987. During the period of his EMU employment, he has also served as a part-time Lecturer within the Departments of Leadership and Counseling and Associated Health Professions. Prior to that, he was employed from 1986 to 1987 as General Counsel for Wayne County Community College and from 1978 to 1986 as Assistant General Counsel for Wayne State University. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from Wayne State University. 

In addition to his professional activities Mr. McKanders currently serves on the Board of Washtenaw Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as President of his high school's scholarship foundation. He previously served on the Board of the Washtenaw United Way and as President of the Renaissance Optimist Club Detroit. Mr. McKanders has been married to his college sweetheart, Carolyn, for 35 years, and they have four children. 

Mr. McKanders first joined NACUA in 1978. Since then, he has served on a number of NACUA committees, including: serving as this year’s Chair of the Board Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusivity; Vice Chair of the Committee on Honors and Awards; Vice Chair of the Committee on Board Operations; Chair of the Board Operations Subcommittee on Board Assessment; Chair of the Committee on Strategic Planning; member of the Committee on Membership and Member Services; member of the Committee on Legal Education; member of the Committee on Program for the Annual Conference; and member of the CEO Search Committee. He served on the NACUA Board of Directors from 1997 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2004. He has also been a frequent speaker at NACUA CLE workshops and annual conferences. 

NACUA is pleased to award Kenneth McKanders as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding and exemplary service to the Association, most especially for his ongoing commitment to NACUA service through his extensive Board and Committee involvement, and for his leadership in NACUA’s ongoing diversity and inclusivity initiatives.