Eric-John Szczepaniak, 21, of Alpine Township, was elected President of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Center for Civic Education at their annual meeting on August 28th, 2019. Board members noted his tenacity and heart for service when selecting Szczepaniak to chair the board.
Szczepaniak enters this role with more than 200 hours of professional development specific to board service. He also serves concurrently as Student Body President at Grand Valley State University for the 2019-20 academic year and a school board trustee for Kenowa Hills Public Schools since January of 2017.
Szczepaniak succeeds Judge Ronald Lowe of Plymouth who has served on the Board of Directors for more than 2 decades. Petra Alsoofy of Dearborn was elected Vice President. Hillary of Baker of Allegan will serve as Secretary and Kevin den Dulk of Grand Rapids will serve as Treasurer.
Szczepaniak is excited to continue the progress that the Michigan Center for Civic Education has made under the leadership of Executive Director Ellen Zwarensteyn. He is the first pre-service teacher and youngest person to ever serve as MCCE's President.
The Michigan Center for Civic Education works primarily with civics educators and students focused on creating vibrant civic societies. Recently, the MCCE was named as the host of the 2021 National High School Mock Trial Competition which will take place in Kalamazoo. To support the work of the Michigan Center for Civic Education, visit miciviced.org/donate
Eric-John Szczepaniak serves as a trustee for the Kenowa Hills school board and the President of the Michigan Center for Civic Education.