Lynnette Zelezny, dean and associate vice president of the Division of Continuing and Global Education at Fresno State, has been selected as one of the 2011 Top Ten Professional Women by the Marjaree Mason Center in Fresno.

For more than 25 years, the Marjaree Mason Center’s Professional Women Awards have honored women who have made great strides in their fields while also giving back to the community and serving as positive role models.

Zelezny is an applied social psychologist who has published research related to the environment, health and women in leadership. She has taught at Fresno State for more than 20 years and has been chair of the Department of Psychology and interim associate dean of the Craig School of Business.

Her numerous teaching, research, and mentoring awards include Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year nominee. She was one of 34 American Council of Education fellows in 2008-09.

Zelezny was the co-director of a $4.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health to develop biomedical infrastructure for the California Central Valley. She served as the vice president of Leadership Fresno (Class 24), and has served on numerous community boards.

Zelezny earned her Ph.D. in applied social psychology in 1998 from the Claremont Graduate University and her M.B.A. with distinction from the Craig School of Business at Fresno State in 2005. In addition, she has professional certificates in management from Harvard University and in executive leadership from the Wharton School of Business.

The Top Ten Professional Women will be honored by the Marjaree Mason Center at a luncheon Oct. 21 as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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