2019 George E. Wilson Excellence in Teaching Award

Wayne Community College Board of Trustees Chairman David Jackson, center, and Foundation of Wayne Community College Executive Director Adrienne Northington, left, present the 2019 George E. Wilson Excellence in Teaching Award to Erin LeGrand.

Wayne Community College business and accounting department chairperson Erin LeGrand was recently awarded the institution’s highest honor presented to a faculty member.

LeGrand was recognized with the 2019 George E. Wilson Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to a framed certificate and monetary stipend, the award qualifies LeGrand to attend a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development International Conference on Teaching Excellence.

“It is a career high point, being recognized for my favorite part of my job, the teaching part, the interactions with students,” LeGrand said.

This is the 34th year the award has been handed out. It was established by the WCC Foundation after an anonymous donation was received, and honors the late George E. Wilson for his contributions as a WCC trustee and civic leader in the county and state.

LeGrand has worked at the college for more than a decade. She began as an adjunct instructor, has been a business administration lead instructor and recently promoted to the role of department chair.

She was nominated by her peers in the business and computer technologies division and is credited with being an advocate for student success, said her supervisor, Tracy Schmeltzer, division dean.

“Erin never shies away from doing what is in the best interest of her students and she can always be counted on to support the mission of the college,” Schmeltzer said.

In addition to her leadership role at the college, LeGrand is currently working toward a second master’s degree in accounting, adding to her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.

“She feels it is important in her role as department chair that she be eligible to teach any class in her department as the need arises,” Schmeltzer said.

LeGrand is the WCC nominee for the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award given by the State Board of Community Colleges.