The University of Olivet recognizes President’s Leadership Institute graduating class

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The University of Olivet recognized 19 students as graduates of the college’s  President’s Leadership Institute (PLI) during a ceremony March 25 at the Battle Creek Country Club.

President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., and the founding faculty members of the PLI, including: Trustee David Labrecque; Provost and Dean Maria Davis, Ph.D.; and Today’s Leader Partners Charlie Burnham and Mike Bivens, were on hand to officially recognize students as fellows of the institute for having successfully completed the eight-segment program. Margaret Dimond, Ph.D., president of Karmanos Cancer Hospital and member of the The University of Olivet Board of Trustees, was the event’s featured guest.

“The founding faculty members of the The University of Olivet President’s Leadership Institute commend these outstanding students for all they have accomplished,” Corey said. “Throughout their college careers, they have been an example to their peers of what it means to be a leader on campus. As fellows of the institute, they’ve demonstrated the skills and character it takes to lead successfully in their professional and personal lives. We’re confident they will apply those skills in mentoring future generations of The University of Olivet students, as well as becoming successful leaders in their own communities.”

Launched in 2013, the institute was established to develop top leadership in Olivet’s students, as well as enable them to become the principal professional and community leaders of the future.

The college partnered with Today’s Leader, a management consulting company that specializes in business coaching and professional development, to design a program catered specifically to college students. The institute includes a variety of programs and initiatives to promote leadership, identify leadership talent, and develop effective and successful leadership qualities and skills in The University of Olivet students.

Successful institute graduates are designated as “Fellows of the President’s Leadership Institute,” and are invited to remain engaged in the activities of the PLI in support of future student leadership development, both while completing their studies at The University of Olivet and as successful alumni engaged in professional and community leadership roles.

The students were selected for the program based on academic excellence and exemplifying leadership on campus. This year’s graduates include: Ryan Armstrong, a senior from Rives Junction; Michael Ash, a senior from Grand Rapids; Kyle Borek, a senior from Lansing; Gloria Cavett, a junior from Swartz Creek; Lindsey Crandell, a senior from Charlotte; Eric Dawdy, a senior from Holt; Forrest Frantz, a junior from Marshall; Mitch Galloway, a junior from Coldwater; Amanda George, a junior from Laingsburg; Chelsea Gettings, a senior from Stanwood; Taylor Gorr, a junior from Dowling; Zechariah Jenkins, a junior from Benton Harbor; Brooke Kastamo, a junior from Howell; Josh Kofflin, a senior from Milan; Alexis Nichols, a junior from Lapeer; Courtney Reed, a junior from Battle Creek; Cody Ross, a junior from Mendon; Brent Speer, a senior from Marlette; and Allison Ullrich, a senior from Clarkston.

For more information about the President’s Leadership Institute at The University of Olivet, contact Barb Spencer.


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