Lennetta B. Coney
President, Foundation for Mott Community College
Executive Director of College and Community Advancement
Lennetta Coney has worked as a Mott Community College (MCC) administrator for the past 28 years. Presently, she holds two titles ---- President of the Foundation for Mott Community College and Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement. In those two respective capacities she is responsible for private fundraising, special events and multicultural affairs at MCC.
As the president and chief development officer for the Foundation for MCC, she has grown the foundation from $194,000 to the current position of $7.0 M, established an Alumni Association, as well as developed and implemented programs to uniquely link the community to the college. Just recently in April 2015, The Women in Education Program was awarded as a “Model Program” by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).
Mrs. Coney has been a long time board member for the Council for Resource Development (CRD), and in 2004 held the title of Director for Region V (which encompassed Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Ontario and Wisconsin) for CRD, the national organization for community college fundraising. In March of 2007, under Coney’s leadership, Mott College was the host site for a resource development training program open to community college fundraisers nationwide.
Prior to coming to Mott College, Mrs. Coney worked on the East Coast for thirteen years both in New York City and Washington, DC before returning to her hometown, Flint, MI. In those years--- she served as Senior Account Executive for a specialty market advertising agency in New York City and also held the title of Assistant Manager of local advertising at Equitable Life Assurance Society. She entered the buying and merchandising field while working for Garfinckel's in the nation’s capital. In 1992, Mrs. Coney took a brief hiatus to work as the Director of Public Relations for the former mayor of the City of Flint, Woodrow Stanley.
Mrs. Coney’s professional involvement includes her membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Council for Resource Development, The Links, Inc. and membership in Michigan ACE Women in Higher Education Network. Equally extensive is the list of community organizations where Mrs. Coney donates her time and talent. These include, Mott Children’s Health Center Board of Directors, Community Foundation’s Finance Committee and its Foundation for the Flint Cultural Center Board of Directors; Rotary Club of Flint Program Chair, Board member for Flint Institute of Music and New Paths, Inc., member of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, serves as the co-chair of FIM’s Black Classical Origins Committee, and as an announcement clerk and member of the usher board for Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Previously she served as a member of PEO Women’s Club and the National Association of Career Women.
She is a past recipient of the Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award, YWCA’s Nina Mills/Women of Achievement Award, the Community Leader of the Year from the American Arab Heritage Council, the Woman of the Year Award from the National Association of Women in Higher Education, Career Woman of the Year from the National Association of Career Women, the Golden Apple Employee Award from Mott College, the Choice Award from the Flint Club of the Negro Business and Professional Women, Community Service Award from the Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., The Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Woman of the Year Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.-Theta Tau Chapter, The Martin Luther King Jr. Award, and the Arts/Cultural Awareness Award from the Catholic Charities’ Spanish Speaking Information Center.
Ms. Coney possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Howard University, a Master's Degree in Advertising from Michigan State University and has also done graduate work at Long Island University as well as post-graduate/preliminary doctoral work at Michigan State University. She is married to Craig Coney, President/CEO of the Genesee Shiawassee MI Works!, and mother of 22-year-old twin daughters, Lauren and Erin who currently attend Hampton University in Hampton, VA. Finally, she is proud to say that she is a graduate of Flint Southwestern High School.