HISTORY

Serving Michigan educators since 1976.

The organization continues to grow and garner support for education and technology.

Within the MACUL organization there has always been a spirit of exploration. Look to MACUL for leadership. The spirit of early MACUL pioneers always will find a warm home within our amazing organization.

Greg Czarnecki, long-time MACUL Newsletter columnist

The First Year

The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning or MACUL was started in 1976. On February 24, 1976 there were 49 attendees that met to ratify the organization’s proposed constitution and name.

MACUL’s leading group was President Tom Hartsig, President Elect Larry Molloy, Secretary Margaret Nielsen, Treasurer Roland Meade, and Communications Secretary Lary Smith. The Board of Directors included John Camp, Garrett Vander Lugt, Bessie Cobbins, and Leighton Price.

The first board meeting was on July 8 of that year. They decided to sponsor sessions in October 1976 at the MAEDS (Michigan Association of Educational Data Systems) and hold a conference in the Spring of 1977.

Past Presidents

2022-23
Gina Loveless

2021-22
Mary Wever

2020-21
Liz Kolb

2019-20
Joe Rommel

2018-19
Steve Dickie

2017-18
David Prindle

2016-17
Gina Loveless

2015-16
Kevin Clark

2014-15
Tammy Maginity

2013-14
Pamela Shoemaker

2012-13
Steve Schiller

2011-12
Mike Oswalt

2010-11
Susan Hardin

2009-10
Tim Kamps

2008-09
Diane Zoellmer

2007-08
Michael Porter

2006-07
Jo Ellen Miskowski

2005-06
Ren Baldwin

2004-05
Judy Paxton

2003-04
Pete Mantei

2002-03
Ricki Chowning

2001-02
Barbara Bartosiewicz

2000-01
Kevin Galbraith

1999-2000
Bill Wiersma

1998-99
Frank Miracola

1997-98
Ric Wiltse

1995-97
Jim Bembenek

1994-95
Mike Souden

1993-94
Tim Staal

1992-93
Rick Dalzell

1991-92
Robin Moore

1990-91
Russell Stanton

1989-90
Mary Lynn Kovach

1988-89
Joe Ellison

1987-88
Lynn Lieberman



1986-87
Ron Carlson

1985-86
Don VanderJagt

1984-85
Steve Shotwell

1983-84
Betty Vandenbosch

1982-83
Carolyn Gilbreath

1981-82
Jim Winebrener

1980-81
Ray Hoag

1979-80
Tom Schmeltzer

1978-79
Leighton Price

1977-78
Larry Molloy

1976-77
Tom Hartsig

1976

On February 24, 1976, 49 attendees that met to ratify the organization’s proposed constitution and name.

1987

The first MACUL Grants were given out.

1999

January – The first executive director Ric Wiltse started.

2000

MACUL received 501c(3) designation. The first Student Technology Showcase was at the MACUL conference.

2015

Over 5,000 attendees were at the MACUL conference in Detroit.

2020

MACUL canceled because of COVID Pandemic 2020. First Virtual Conference held in 2021.