Daemen Vice President Receives Higher Education Award

May 2, 2014

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AHMERST, N.Y. – Dr. Richanne C. Mankey, vice president for institutional advancement at Daemen College, received the 2014 Bernice Poss Award from the Western New York Network of Women in Higher Education at the organization’s spring conference held May 2 at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Tomorrow.

The annual award honors women in higher education who exemplify noteworthy involvement in organizing and planning activities for the advancement of women professionals, commitment to and participation in community services and programs for women, and shows support and compassion for colleagues in their daily conduct.

In accepting the award, Mankey said “it is our work today, the work of those who came before us, and our ability to empower and inspire those who will lead from here, that will help us continue in a positive direction.  I have come to believe we move our agenda for a more equitable world forward by using compassion alongside assertiveness, by listening more than we speak, and by seeking to understand before we try to solve a problem given the complexity of today’s issues.”

Mankey joined Daemen in 2003 as dean of students and two years was later named vice president for student affairs. Appointed to her current position as vice president for institutional advancement in 2013, she is also continuing to oversee student affairs in an interim capacity.

“This award is richly deserved,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Dr. Mankey is a skilled administrator and a mentor to many women in leadership positions throughout Western New York. We are all proud of her.”

A senior student affairs officer since 1996, Mankey held various leadership positions during a 17-year tenure at Ohio Northern University, where she was named the youngest vice president at the institution.

Regionally, Mankey served on a steering committee that founded the Western New York College Connection’s Women’s Leadership Institute, which prepares mid-level women administrators for senior and executive leadership roles in higher education.

Mankey serves on the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Board of Directors and for several years chaired the organization’s Strong Kids and Corporate campaigns and served on its Financial Development Committee.

An Amherst resident, Mankey earned a doctorate in adult education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a master’s degree in social agency counseling from the University of Dayton, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio Northern University.

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