RIPON, WI (06/28/2011)(readMedia)-- Michele A. Wittler '76 of Ripon was honored during last week's Alumni Weekend banquet with the Distinguished Alumni Citation. The citation is given each year to a select few alumni who have achieved distinction in representing what the College seeks to achieve in the education it affords. Criteria incliude achievement in their chosen field or profession, service to community and demonstrated loyalty to Ripon College.
Michele has worn quite a few hats during her time at Ripon, and one of the few to straddle the line between staff and faculty. In addition to her longstanding role as registrar, she has been coordinator of academic computing, affirmative action officer, dean (assistant, associate and interim) adjunct instructor in the MaCS department, and acting vice-president of admission and financial aid. She has been instrumental in helping several deans and presidents acquaint themselves with the College and remains one of the institution's most knowledgeable and helpful staff members. She received her M.B.A. from the University of Texas-Austin in 1985.
In her remarks, Michele quoted baseball great Jackie Robinson: "'A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.' I'm so very grateful to Ripon College and those who have given me so many chances."
Michele lives in Ripon with her husband, Skip, professor of biology at the college. They have one daughter, Meredith, who lives in San Francisco. In addition to her work with the college, she currently sits on the Ripon Medical Center board of directors.