Downey participates in Leadership Congress.

Mechell Downey, Administrative Assistant to the President of Seminole State College, recently participated in the Association of Community College Trustees - Leadership Congress in Seattle, Washington where she was elected Vice President of the national organization.

Downey, attended the ACCT Professional Board Staff Network group workshop and business session Oct. 2-5. This group provides information and training for individuals at community colleges who support governing boards and presidents.

The Network focuses on continued development of professional skills, the sharing of expertise and best practices, and keeping abreast of new developments in higher education.

This year's meeting featured a panel entitled “The Changing Role of the Professional Board Staff Assistant.” The panel discussion covered how the board staff assistant roles can change over time to leadership positions.

Attendees also heard trustees, presidents and board staff share information on essential skills needed to further their professional development and leadership. Current board staff shared how their current roles have changed and how they assumed additional responsibilities and leadership.

During 2012-2013, Downey served the Professional Board Staff Network as Secretary. Following her service as Vice President, she will assume the role of President in October 2014.

Downey has been with the President's Office at SSC since July, 2000. Prior to joining the staff at the College, she worked as a Loan Assistant at First United Bank in Seminole.

Downey serves on the Seminole Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership Seminole. She and her husband, Mike, are owners of Central Sheet Metal of Seminole

She is Vice President of the SSC Classified Staff Association, Co-President of the NE Oklahoma US Air Force Academy Parents Club, and is past President of the Seminole chapter of Business and Profession Women's Association.