Deborah Higgins Named Fetzer Institute Vice President of Program

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Kalamazoo, Mich. – Fetzer Institute President and CEO Robert Boisture has named Deborah Higgins vice president of program effective immediately. A member of the Institute’s program team since 2001, Higgins has served as program officer for evaluation and most recently as director of programs.   
As vice president of program, Higgins will help guide the development and implementation of the Institute’s program strategy and community development. 
Before joining the Fetzer Institute, Higgins held a number of administrative leadership positions at Western Michigan University. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from Western Michigan University. 
“I am proud and excited to make this announcement,” said Boisture. “This 
appointment recognizes the extraordinary leadership Deb has brought to deepening our spiritual grounding, strengthening our staff community, and guiding our program team. Her deep understanding of—and passionate commitment to—the Institute’s spiritual identity and our aspirations for our staff and program are essential qualities for this position. She is a true exemplar of our values of love, trust, authenticity, and inclusion.”  
Of her appointment, Higgins commented, “I'm honored and humbled to serve in this new capacity, and I'm excited about the opportunity. It's a tremendous gift to be able to connect my personal interests and passions with my work in the world, and the mission of the Fetzer Institute offers just that.” Expertise she brings to this work includes leadership development, organizational well-being, and whole systems approaches to community engagement. She is interested in how organizations harvest, synthesize, and share learnings from their work.  
The Fetzer Institute is a spiritually grounded community of love and hope dedicated to helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Institute was established and endowed by broadcast pioneer John E. Fetzer (1901–1991). 
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