About Dr. Mildred B. Erickson
The MSU Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Program is very fortunate to have received a generous gift from Dr. Bruce Erickson, the son of Dr. Mildred Erickson, to establish the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. The purpose of the Erickson Distinguished Chair is to enhance scholarship and to support activities consistent with the values and ideals of Dr. Mildred Erickson. Dr. Erickson, following the passing of her husband, MSU Provost Clifford E. Erickson, enrolled as a doctoral student in administration and higher education. She became director of adult student advising and assistant dean for lifelong education programs at MSU, working as a tireless advocate for the adult student. Dr. Erickson believed in giving non-traditional students a chance at higher education -- not just financially, but through strong encouragement as well. She dedicated a great portion of her life to helping women attend college and attain the self-respect and credibility that accompany an education. Dr. Erickson was the recipient of numerous titles, distinguished honors, and awards as a result of her illustrious career in teaching, counseling, and community service.
Every three years a HALE faculty member will be selected to hold this Chair. The faculty members who have served as the Erickson Chair are:
Dr. John Dirkx (2011-2014) (current chair)
Dr. James Fairweather (2008-2011)
Dr. Ann Austin (2005-2008)