Candace Shedd Vancko joined Midcoast Women as a founding Planning Committee member following the 2016 election. She comes from several generations of activists, feminists and educators.


Spending more than forty-two years in public higher education, her particular interest was in improving access to college for the underprivileged and underprepared. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from Ohio University. She served as faculty, dean, and vice-president at Hocking College, a public two-year college in Ohio, before being named president of SUNY (The State University of New York) Delhi in 1999. She also spent twenty years working part-time as a consultant for Noel-Levitz, a higher education enrollment management company, where she worked with more than twenty colleges across the nation. She published a number of articles and was a frequent speaker at national conferences.  


Candace moved to Maine following the death of her husband of forty-seven years and her retirement from SUNY Delhi.  She has three children and eight grandchildren, ages 6-14, who are the light of her life.