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LCC Board of Trustees

Robert E. Proctor, Chair

Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr., Vice Chair

Larry Meyer, Secretary/Treasurer

Andrew P. Abood, Trustee

Alex Azima, Trustee

Deborah K. Canja, Trustee

Robin M. Smith,  Trustee

Robert Proctor

Robert E. Proctor, Chair
Mr. Proctor is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator. He is a retired administrative law judge for the Michigan Department of Civil Service and served as legal counsel for the Labor Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives. Mr. Proctor serves and has served on various boards in various capacities within the community such as the following: former board member and chairperson for the American Red Cross; current Treasurer of the Black Child and Family Institute; former Board member of the Lansing Fair Housing Center; and mentor and tutor for the Lansing School District. He was elected to office in June 2003. He was re-elected on November 3, 2009, and his term expires December 31, 2016.

Board Chair, January 2015 - present
Presidential Search Committee Chair, Sept 2006
Secretary/Treasurer, July 2003 - Dec 2008
Audit Committee Member, January 2008 - June 2011
Audit Committee Chair, June 2011 - Dec 2014
Workforce Development Board, Jan 2006 - present
MCCA* Representative, January 2010 - present
ACCT* Representative, January 2008 - Jan 2010
ACCT Diversity Committee, Chair; October 2014 - Oct 2015
ACCT Diversity Committee, November 2015 - Oct 2016

*Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) is the association Michigan public community colleges whose mission is to provide leadership on issues affecting member colleges.
*Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a national association that governs board leadership at community, technical and junior colleges


Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr., Vice Chair
Lawrence Hidalgo, Jr. is the Training Director for the Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.  He received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and his law degree for Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Lawrence practices law in the area of estate planning.  He served as a commissioner on the Lt. Governor's Cherry Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth.  Lawrence served on the committee to create the high school completion program at Lansing Community College.  He was also instrumental in creating the CRAFT program in the Lansing School District that helped numerous high school students prepare for and enter into careers in the skilled trades.  Lawrence serves on the educational committee for the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee developing the curriculum used by the electrical industry throughout the United States and Canada.  He was elected to office on November 6, 2012, and his term expires December 31, 2018.

Vice Chair, January 2015 - present
Foundation Board Member, January 2013 - Dec 2014
Audit Committee Member, January 2014 - present
Keep Learning Steering Committee Rep., January 2013 to present




Larry Meyer, Secretary/Treasurer
Larry Meyer has enjoyed a long and distinguished business career, including three and a half decades at the head of the Michigan Retailers Association. He rescued that organization from near bankruptcy in the early 1970s and built it into the largest and most successful state retail association in the nation. He served as the Director of the State of Michigan Department of Commerce 1989-1990, appointed by Governor James J. Blanchard. He was elected twice to political office as a member of the Lansing City Council, serving 1997-2005; in 2002 as Council President. The city advanced during his tenure, as he worked cooperatively with council members, Mayor David Hollister and his team, and the public. Mr. Meyer has always believed that public service is an important duty. He was elected to office on November 3, 2009, and his term expires December 31, 2016.

Secretary/Treasurer, October 2015 - present
Audit Committee Chair, January 2010 - June 2011 and January 2015 - present
Board Chair, June 2011 - Dec 2015
Treasurer, January 2010 - June 2011 and January 2015 - Oct 2015
Foundation Board Member, January 2010 - Dec. 2011 and January 2015 - present
Leslie Local Development Authority Rep., January 2010 - present
Mason Local Development Authority Rep., January 2015 - present
Career Connections Board Rep., January 2010 - January 2013
ACCT Representative, January 2013 - Dec 2013
ACCT Central Region Nominating Committee, November 2014 - Oct 2015
ACCT Finance and Audit Committee, November 2014 - Oct 2016



Andrew P. Abood, Trustee
Andrew P. Abood is a lifelong resident of the Greater Lansing Area, a graduate of J.W. Sexton High School and a lifetime student at Lansing Community College. He has more than 25 years of experience practicing law and more than 16 years of experience as a partner in the Abood Law Firm, a prominent law firm with locations in East Lansing and Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and went on to complete his law degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating two semesters early with cum laude status in the top 5 of his class In 1997, he opened his own firm (the Abood Law Firm), where he was later joined by other family members including F. Joseph Abood (brother) and Fredric S. Abood (Father). As an active member of the community, Andrew P. Abood has received awards such as the Crystal Award of Recognition, 10 best Client Satisfaction Awards by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, and Top 100 OWI Attorneys in the State of Michigan. He was elected to office November 4, 2014, and his term expires December 31, 2020.

Foundation Board Member, January 2015 - present



Alex Azima, Trustee
Alex Azima recently retired from Lansing Community College, where he was a Professor of Physics for 39 years and served as the first Academic Senate President from 2013 - 2015. His previous experience includes LCC Physics & Astronomy Chair, LCC Curriculum & Instruction Council Chair, Project Director for several state and nationally funded science education improvement projects, State of Michigan Nuclear Defense Physicist, and Radiation Dosimetry Section Head and Project Manager for Consumers Power Co. Alex's community and professional activities include serving as a board member and as College Division Director of the National Science Teachers Association and as President of two statewide science education organizations. Alex has served on the Management Team of the Capital Area Science & Mathematics Center and on the Steering Committee of the Michigan Statewide Systemic Initiative, funded by National Science Foundation. He has also served as Chair of The Black Child & Family Institute's Science Equity Task Force and on the Science Advisory Board of Impression 5. He was Founder and President for many years of the Supporters of Okemos Science and he has frequently volunteered to provide science activities for K-12 students, as well as serving as judge and event supervisor for the Michigan Science Olympiad. Alex was a Co-Coordinator and Presenter of the Summer Science for Minorities program for several years. Alex has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Science Teachers Association and the Distinguished Service to Physics Education Award from the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Alex believes that serving on the LCC Board will provide him with yet one more opportunity to serve our students and our community. He was appointed to fill a vacancy November 16, 2015. His term expires December 31, 2016.

Audit Committee Member, January 2016 - present



Debra Canja

Deborah Canja, Trustee
Deborah Canja is a Lansing native and graduated from Lansing Eastern High School. A graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School, she served for 12 years as a Michigan Assistant Attorney General, three years as a commercial realtor and as President of the Michigan Regional Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, and is now the Deputy General Counsel of the Office of General Counsel in the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation. She has also led two non-profit organizations serving parents of children with special needs and disabilities and continues to serve as the CEO of Bridges4Kids, a non-profit organization providing information for families and teachers seeking help for children. Deb comes from a tradition of public service. Her father, Alex, was a teacher and coach, and worked for 33 years at the Michigan Department of Education. Her mother, Tess, was the former Executive Director of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan, served as the National President of AARP, and continues to be involved in senior issues at both national and state levels. Deb has two sons and lives in Okemos. She was elected to office on November 6, 2007. She was re-elected on November 3, 2009, and her term expires December 31, 2016.

Board Vice Chair, January 2008 - June 2009
Board Chair, June 2009 - June 2011
Audit Committee Member, January 2008 - Dec 2009 and January 2013 - Dec 2014
Foundation Board Member, January - Dec 2009


Robin Smith

Robin M. Smith, Trustee
Ms. Smith is a lifelong resident of Lansing whose commitment to service in her community is demonstrated through a rich history of personal involvement. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in advertising with an emphasis in communications. Ms. Smith is currently employed as a Student Parent Coordinator for the Lansing School District. Her areas of focus are language arts and literacy. She is the founder of "Express Yourself", a communications consultant company. Ms. Smith has served on various boards throughout the community such as former Chairperson of the Board of Water and Light Board of Commissioners. She was elected to office on May 3, 2005.  She was re-elected on November 6, 2012 and her term expires December 31, 2018.

Board Chair, January 2008 - June 2009
Vice Chair, June 2009 - Dec 2009
Secretary, January 2010 - Dec 2014
Foundation Board, January 2006 - Dec 2007 and January 2008 - Dec 2014
Mason Local Development Authority Rep., January 2010 - Dec 2014
Presidential Search Committee Member, Sept 2006
ACCT Representative, January 2010 - Dec 2013
ACCT Diversity Committee, 2006 - 2011
ACCT Governance and Bylaws Committee, 2011- 2012
ACCT Finance and Audit Committee, Chair; 2012 - 2013
ACCT Public Policy Committee, 2013 - 2014
ACCT Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer 2012 - 2013
ACCT Board of Directors, Chair-Elect; 2013 - 2014
ACCT Board of Directors, Chair; 2014 - 2015
ACCT Board of Directors, Immediate Past Chair; 2015 - 2016


Board of Trustees Professional Board Staff


Benita Duncan, Executive Assistant & Liaison   to the Board
Benita Duncan is a Lansing native and graduated from JW Sexton High School. She received her bachelor in Business Administration from Howard University.  She has been employed full-time at the college since 1995 and was appointed by the LCC Board of Trustees to serve as the Administrative Assistant to the Board in April 2006.  In June 2015, Ms. Duncan was promoted to Executive Assistant & Liaison to the Board.  Ms. Duncan manages the day-to-day operations of the board of trustees  office and is the primary contact person for individuals seeking to communicate with the board.   Ms. Duncan led the effort to transition from a paper to paper-less system for Board meeting materials saving the college time and money.  She has actively served on many college committees, personnel search committees and interview panels.

In March 2008, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution honoring Ms. Duncan for her service as administrative support to the Presidential Screening and Search Committee for the hiring of the sixth college President.  In October 2014, she received the 2014 Central Regional Professional Board Staff Member Award given annually by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), and a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan for exemplary service and dedication to the college, her family, her church and community.  ACCT is a national association that governs board leadership at community, technical and junior colleges.


LCC Board of Trustees
Administration Bldg
Phone: (517) 483-5252
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