State group elects WMU executive to vice presidential post

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Lynn Kelly-Albertson

Kelly-Albertson

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A senior executive at Western Michigan University has been elected vice president-higher education by the Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance.

Lynn Kelly-Albertson, WMU executive director of professional and career development, was elected to the two-year position during the alliance's annual conference in June. Kelly-Albertson, who had been serving as a constituent liaison for the organization, assumed her new office June 20.

The Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance promotes and maximizes the advancement of internships, cooperative education and employment in Michigan through collaborative relationships among employers, colleges and universities. It is a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization based in Lansing.

Kelly-Albertson oversees WMU's Career and Student Employment Services. That comprehensive office empowers students to develop the skills necessary for reaching their career goals and provides employment services, career fairs, career advising, campus employment, and assistance with writing resumes and cover letters and formulating successful job-search strategies.

In 1985, Kelly-Albertson joined WMU's staff and the Division of Student Affairs as coordinator of professional practice services. She was promoted to acting associate director of the Career Services office in 1992, director of the Student Employment Referral Service in 1994 and, after those two units evolved into Career and Student Employment Services, her current position in 2002.

During her nearly 30 years with the University, Kelly-Albertson has served in numerous roles, including as a key player in developing GoWMU, WMU's intranet, and as chair of the campuswide United Way Campaign and Student Affairs Professional Development Team. She is a member of professional organizations such as the National Student Employment Association, National Career Development Association, and National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Kelly-Albertson earned bachelor's and master's degrees in communication from WMU and has done doctoral coursework in higher education administration.