Traci Corey joined Olivet College along with President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., in the fall of 2010. As presidential spouse, Traci has dedicated herself in full-time service to Olivet College as its number one volunteer.
As presidential spouse, Traci frequently travels with President Corey to visit Olivet alumni and special friends of the College where she fills an important and central role in cultivating and stewarding relationships between the College and its friends. She also served on the national presidential spouse’s task force of the Council of Independent Colleges.
Traci is drawn to Olivet College’s rich history, as it was the first college in Michigan to admit women and people of color on a co-equal basis as white men. The co-ed institution is proud that its first three graduates in 1863 were women, Mary N. Barber, Sara Benedict and Sophia A. Keyes.
She was named director of the Olivet College Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) in 2017, having previously chaired the Women’s Leadership Initiative and led the immensely successful, inaugural Cultivating Women Leaders event in 2017. The Women’s Leadership Institute provides meaningful leadership opportunities for current and future women students. She brought together a group of dynamic student leaders and an advisory council made up of some of Michigan’s most prominent women leaders, including many successful Olivet College alumnae.
Just two years later, the Women’s Leadership Institute serves as the umbrella for an impressive array of meaningful and impactful leadership programs for girls and young women who are current and prospective students of the College. Programs include the Keyes-Barber-Benedict Scholars program, Cultivating Women Leaders Event (CWL), Olivet College ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Program, and the Olivet College ATHENA International Middle and High School Girls’ Leadership Camps.
In all her work, Traci is looking for systemic sustainable change. She sees her work at Olivet College as creating a “potential upstream fix.” She wants to help all women develop confidence and embrace their unique capabilities. “Young women need to know they are good enough and to stand in their voice as they contribute to this world.”
On May 19, 2017, Traci was honored by Olivet College’s Board of Trustees for her commitment to the empowerment of young women with a Resolution of Gratitude and Commendation. In March 2018, Traci was honored as an ATHENA Leadership Award recipient by ATHENA International for her dedication to helping raise up other leaders, especially women. In April 2018, she was named to the ATHENA International board of directors.
Presently, she is working with a group of board members to evaluate and redevelop the ATHENA International curriculum to provide meaningful and impactful programs for girls, young women and professional women.
When her daughter, Karli, was in high school, she also supported her endeavors, including the creation of a national travel volleyball club, where she served as the club director and 18’s head coach.
Prior to serving Olivet College, Traci was the north central regional manager for the Arizona Community Foundation where she oversaw the daily operations of the Yavapai County Community Foundation and led the implementation and execution of fundraising programs, including major and planned gifts to build local endowments that support nonprofits in Yavapai County. While working for ACF she led one of four strategic planning statewide work groups for the Arizona Community Foundation and was elected to the Northern Arizona Association of Fundraising Professional board, serving as their secretary and vice president. She was also named the 2009 Northern Arizona New Fundraising Professional of the Year.
A native of California, Traci attended California State University, Fresno, on athletic scholarship playing volleyball, which began her more than 20 years of volleyball coaching and playing experience at the collegiate level.
As a setter for Fresno State University, Traci was a two-time team MVP, three-time scholar-athlete, member of the All-Big West Conference team, and FSU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Following her college-playing career, she was drafted in the fourth round of the American Professional Volleyball League by the Portland Spikers and was setter for a United States representative team to Australia.
Traci was the founding head volleyball coach for Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she directed the team to a conference championship title, was named TCAC conference coach of the year and coached the Bruins to a second-place regional finish in just the third year of the program. During her tenure at Belmont she successfully navigated the team’s transition from NAIA to NCAA-DI. In addition, her team was tenth in the nation for all NCAA-DI teams with an overall team grade point average of 3.65 in 2001.
Following Belmont, Traci served as head volleyball coach at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, where she led the team from the bottom of the conference to the regional championship match in less than three years’ time. She has also served as camp director, coordinator and head coach for Yavapai College and Belmont University volleyball camps. She has served as a skills coach at the Brian Gimmillaro Volleyball Camp at Long Beach State University, Kathy Gregory College Prep Camp at University of California at Santa Barbara, Professor Lu Kang Volleyball Camp, University of Oregon Volleyball Camp, and Fresno State University Volleyball Camp.
Traci holds a Bachelor of Arts in physical education, recreation and health from California State University at Fresno, and a Master of Arts in education from Cumberland University.
Contact Traci at WLI@olivetcollege.edu.