Sue Maes honored with Outstanding Service Award from higher education compact

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 16:11

MHEC President Larry Isaak, Dr. Sue Maes, Recipient of MHEC's 2017 Outstanding Service AwardOVERLAND PARK, KS; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; and MANHATTAN, KS — Dr. Sue Maes, emeritus dean for Continuing Education at the K-State Global Campus for Kansas State University, received the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s (MHEC) Outstanding Service Award on November 13, during the commission’s annual meeting in Overland Park, Kansas. The award recognized Maes for providing exemplary leadership, committing to the Compact’s principles, securing participation in the Compact’s programs and services, and increasing visibility for the organization.

Maes was nominated by fellow colleagues for providing leadership to the State of Kansas in the adoption of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) agreement. She was also influential in Kansas higher education institutions joining SARA, and served as Kansas' representative on the M-SARA Regional Steering Committee (2013-15).

“Sue has been nationally recognized for her work in continuing education and online learning,” said Larry Isaak, MHEC president. “She has served on multiple advisory committees for MHEC since 2006 guiding new and innovative initiatives. The commission was pleased to recognize Sue for her leadership and commitment to our organization and higher education.”

In addition to the M-SARA Regional Steering Committee, Maes served on MHEC’s Student Access Advisory Committee (2006-10), the Credential Repository for Education, Skills, and Training Steering Committee (2010), Strategic Initiatives Advisory Council (2013-15). She has also been very supportive of MHEC’s work on the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit.

“It is a tremendous honor to be the recipient of the MHEC Outstanding Service Award,” said Dr. Maes. “During my career in higher education, I endeavored to expand educational opportunities for adults and place-bound individuals. I found the Midwestern Higher Education Compact to be an exemplary leader in creating educational pathways across state boundaries. MHEC continues to lead critical initiatives that are opening higher education’s doors for adults in the workforce. I have been fortunate to be involved in several of these innovative programs.”

Legislatively created, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s purpose is to provide greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region. Collectively, MHEC creates solutions that build higher education’s capacity to better serve individuals, institutions, and states by leveraging the region’s expertise, ideas, and experiences through multi-state: convening, programs, research, and contracts. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Learn more.


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