In 1995, Barbara Craig turned a two-week temporary job at Lake Michigan College into a career.
Barbara, who hails from Kindlington, Oxfordshire in England, had just received her green card and was looking for a job. She answered an ad for a temp job at the college, and from there she worked her way up to being the executive dean at the LMC Bertrand Crossing campus near Niles.
In late May, after living here 20 years, Barbara officially became an American citizen, and continues to follow her passion of helping young adults pursue their dreams.

ML: What brought you to Michiana?
BC: I was teaching English in Europe and my (future) husband, who is from Stevensville, was having a European experience. I was not looking for a Michigan boy. We spent some time in Europe and we went back and forth several times and finally we said, ‘Let’s just be here for a couple of years.’ And those couple of years turned into 20.


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