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Macomb Community College Board of Trustees makes appointment to fill trustee vacancy

– Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:00AM

During a special meeting on Monday, March 11, the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees appointed Shelley Malec Vitale to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Trustee Jennifer Haase.  

Vitale, a resident of Macomb Township for the past 31 years, is an artist, writer and administrator.  She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and has taken additional coursework from Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies. Vitale is married and has three daughters, all of whom have attended Macomb Community College. Vitale will serve on the board until the next regularly scheduled election for trustee seats, which will be Nov. 3, 2020. Macomb Community College trustees are elected on a nonpartisan, countywide ballot and serve without compensation.

“Shelley brings us an understanding of the scope and importance of our college in serving students from the liberal arts to the skilled trades,” said Katherine Lorenzo, chair, Macomb Community College Board of Trustees. “She will be a hardworking and collaborative member of our team.  I’d also like to extend my sincere appreciation to all those who applied for the vacancy on Macomb’s board. It was gratifying to see so many qualified individuals willing to step up to serve, validating the importance of the college to the community.”  

Vitale was selected from among 17 applicants for the vacancy. Community members interested in serving on the board were asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume for consideration. 

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is among the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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