Marilyn McKinney
November 2001

After a quarter of a century of exemplary and dedicated service to the University of Michigan, Marilyn McKinney retired on December 8, 2000.   At Marilyn’s retirement celebration, the Office of Financial Aid announced the creation of the Distinguished Staff Fund for Undergraduate Scholarships with Marilyn being named, as it’s inaugural honoree.   No designation could be more appropriate.

Marilyn graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and in the fall of 1974 she began her career in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan as a graduate assistant while pursuing her master’s degree in guidance and counseling.   The University of Michigan awarded the M.A. in 1975 and Marilyn was appointed to an admissions counselor position.   In 1976, she was promoted to Senior Admissions Counselor where her major responsibility involved working with non-traditional students, many of whom continue to thank her for believing in them and for taking a chance on them.   In 1978, Marilyn became Assistant Director of Admissions.   In 1980, she became a Candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy of Education Degree at Michigan. Marilyn’s outstanding service in the admission of student athletes led to her being named Honorary Member in Michigan’s Women’s Athletic Association in 1982.   In 1993, she was promoted to Associate Director of Admissions where she was responsible for managing the processing functions in the Office of Undergraduate Admission.   During her twenty-five year tenure she at one time or other served as liaison to almost every unit, school, and college on the University of Michigan campus, earning praise and respect for her professional interactions.

Lance Erickson, former associate director of admissions at Michigan and former president of MACRAO say’s of Marilyn: “She is one of the best we ever had.   Marilyn was always willing to find a way to work around difficult issues.”   Cliff Sjogren, former director of admissions at Michigan and former president of AACRAO points out:   “Not only is Marilyn the consummate professional, she is one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know.”   Cliff also notes that, after raising a family, Marilyn began her career track and her success has been an inspiration to many women.

Marilyn’s stature and accomplishments in the field of Admissions and Recruitment are recognized through out the state and across the nation.   She was an active, contributing member of MACRAO, serving on the Special Projects Committee (1980-83, Chair 1983) and the Committee on Secondary Schools/College Relations (1985-86).   In 1981 she managed the development, marketing and distribution of the MACRAO video “Choosing a College.”   Marilyn was the association president in 1987.   Her conference theme - “Sharing at Shanty: Sages, Scholars, and Soothsayers – implies what we always hope to accomplish at the annual conference: sharing information and knowledge with each other in a beautiful atmosphere conducive to relaxation and camaraderie.

In addition to MACRAO, Marilyn was actively involved – serving on committees and making presentations - with the following organizations: AACRAO; American Association of Counseling and Development; American College Personnel Association; National Career Development Association; Midwest Regional Assembly of The College Board (Vice Chair 1985-86; Executive Committee 1983-86); Michigan Association of Counseling and Development; Michigan College Personnel Association (President 1979-80); Michigan Association of College Admissions Counselors.   Marilyn was given the Michigan College Personnel Association’s Distinguished Professional Contributions Award in 1984.

Marilyn and her husband Tedd live in Farmington Hills.   They are the parents of three sons, Todd, Kevin, and Kirk.   They also have eight grandchildren.

Marilyn is a consummate professional, a decisive leader, an ideal role model, a thoughtful mentor, an excellent golfer, but best of all she is a cherished friend.