2013 Winners of the Carol Hollenshead Award

  Carol Hutchins, Head Coach for Women’s Softball,
for her relentless commitment to improve the experience of female student-athletes at UM and across the country.

Carol (“Hutch”) Hutchins’ commitment to gender equity in intercollegiate athletics began as a student-athlete at Michigan State University when she successfully sued the MSU Board of Regents to demand equal rights for the women’s sports programs. Hutch’s fight for equitable opportunities for women continued throughout her 31 years of service at U-M as she sought to provide equal resources and experiences for her student-athletes. Her commitment to gender equity has assured that women at U-M have the scholarships, positive experiences, and educational opportunities to develop into incredible leaders.

The winningest coach in Michigan Athletics history, Hutch’s leadership, spirit, and generosity have elevated the recognition of women in sports, within the Big 10 and beyond. Hutch and her Michigan Softball following have also been significant fundraisers and supporters for breast cancer research and other notable charities like Mott Children's Hospital.

  Carol Fierke, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry,
for leadership in transforming her department into a national model of diversity, inclusiveness and excellence.


Since 1999, Carol has led the Chemistry department through a rigorous evaluation and transformation process. For example, she implemented an open search process, which challenged traditional divisions held within chemistry. Because women and minorities are more likely to work in the intersections of the field, Carol made sure every search committee had faculty from all the domains..The climate there now fosters inclusion and success for all its members, and serves as a resource to others wishing to emulate that change. With a more diverse, interdisciplinary and vibrant assortment of faculty, Carol helped U-M Chemistry move into the top 10 of U.S. Chemistry departments.

Carol also increased transparency in the tenure and promotion process, and launched an enhanced mentoring structure for junior faculty. The mentoring program has been so successful that it will be extended to all STEM disciplines in LS&A and Engineering. As a member of the STRIDE committee, she educates faculty about “Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence.”