The Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) in Lansing honored Katherine Bracey Lorenzo, Macomb Community College (MCC) alumnus and current chair of the college’s board of trustees, as the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Alumnus Award at its summer conference.
Lorenzo earned an associate of arts degree from MCC and completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology as well as post-graduate work from Wayne State University. She serves as chair of the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees and is also a member of the Michigan Community College Association Board of Directors.
“Kathie Lorenzo has given so much of her professional life to bettering Macomb Community College,” says James O. Sawyer IV, president of MCC. “We are so grateful for all that she has done for Macomb over the past four decades, and we are excited that she has been recognized with the MCCA Outstanding Alumnus Award for her extensive contributions.”
Prior to joining Macomb Community College, Lorenzo founded a company pioneering awareness and providing education about complementary medicine. She joined the college in 1980 as a project manager before becoming an administrator and then accepting an appointment as a full-time member of the college’s psychology faculty. She retired from Macomb in 2014 and was granted emeritus status.
“Katherine Bracey Lorenzo has continued to dedicate her time and expertise to uplifting community colleges in Michigan,” says Brandy Johnson, president of the MCCA. “She is a wonderful example of the success stories that come out of our community colleges, and we are excited to honor her.”
The MCCA Outstanding Alumnus Award was established in 1985. The award is presented to a Michigan community college alumnus based upon “achievement in their professional career, service to humanity, honors received, and a strong commitment to the purpose and philosophy of the community college mission.”