Southeast Community College Foundation has new leader

LINCOLN – The Southeast Community College Foundation has a new Executive Director.

Michelle Birkel of Lincoln has been named to the position, replacing Dr. Jack Huck, who served seven years in the same role. Huck, a former President of SCC, now serves as president of the Foundation Board.

Birkel has extensive fundraising experience at the Pius X Foundation, Catholic Social Services and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County.

Birkel said at Pius X, one of the most gratifying parts of the job was implementing and administrating a scholarship program so families and students could afford the tuition and be able to attend the school. She says the hope is to do likewise with the SCC Educational Foundation, helping students lighten their financial burden and allow them to focus on learning and their career. 

Birkel is originally from Bellwood and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a business degree. She and her husband Paul have four children.