Cecile Aitchison, assistant vice chancellor for the office of institutional advancement, will receive the campus's 33rd annual Susan B. Anthony Award

March 30, 2011


DEARBORN / March 30, 2011--Cecile Aitchison, assistant vice chancellor for the office of institutional advancement, has been chosen to receive the 33rd annual Susan B. Anthony Award from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Presented by the campus’s Commission for Women, the award recognizes a member of the UM-Dearborn community who has made significant contributions to gender equality.

Aitchison will receive the award during a dinner ceremony on Wednesday, April 6 at Fairlane Center South. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a silent auction and reception, followed by dinner and an awards program.

Turkia Awada Mullin, assistant chief executive officer and chief development officer for Wayne County, will be the evening’s keynote speaker.

In her role at UM-Dearborn, Aitchison provides leadership for the development and alumni engagement efforts. She is credited with managing the successful Capital Campaign that ended in December 2008 and raised $46 million for scholarships, operating and faculty research. She is a member of the MLK Day of Service Committee and served a four-year term on the Staff Senate, co-leading the charge for staff and faculty dependent tuition benefits. She has served as a volunteer for various community-based organizations in Detroit.

Prior to her current position, Aitchison served various community-based organizations in Detroit, including Alternatives for Girls–which serves homeless young women-where she played a key role in helping the organization grow and become financially stable during its early years. During her time there, she often found herself mentoring younger staff as well as the organizations residents.

Aitchison also worked at WARM Training–a non-profit organization in Detroit that promotes the development of resource efficient, affordable, healthy homes and communities through education, training and technical assistance-where she was a resource for community development groups, many of which served single mothers.

In addition, Aitchison organized female health care workers in Michigan and East Texas for the Service Employees International Union; wrote for Teamster Voice, the national newspaper of Teamsters for a Democratic Union; and served as the vice president for external relations at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.


Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 8,900 students pursuing more than 90 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.


Beth Marmarelli