Career Service’s Liz Bushnell
is a role model for young leaders,
says Indiana governor, council
Manchester College career services innovator Elizabeth Bushnell is
tapped to receive the prestigious Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s
Leaders at the Indiana Leadership Summit in Indianapolis on June 8.
Presented by the Office
the Governor and the Indiana Humanities Council, the award and $1,000
recognizes Bushnell as a role model and inspiration to her peers and all
citizens of Indiana.
Bushnell, associate director of career services, said she will donate
the $1,000 to Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, which she co-founded
to develop young leaders through professional, social, and cultural
opportunities. Her leadership in that organization, which within a year
has grown to 650 members, is one of the reasons Bushnell is so deserving
of the statewide honor, said her nominator, Michael Kelly, director of
entrepreneurship and corporate training at Indiana University-Purdue
University Fort Wayne.
At Manchester, Bushnell used a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant to develop an
internship program that matches students with local employers to
stimulate economic development. Students get real-world experience in
Indiana and employers get fresh ideas on projects. She also serves as a
consultant to other colleges and universities seeking to develop similar
This year, Bushnell led an entrepreneurial training for about 100
students, alumni and members of the community. She also directs the
Office of Volunteer Services, part of a campus initiative to create
service opportunities, introducing students to local and global needs.
Bushnell holds a bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College, a
master’s degree from Bowie State University, and multiple certifications
in her field. A columnist for Fort Wayne Woman magazine, she
lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Peter, and newborn daughter,
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