Lou Glazer, the co-founder of a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that generates ideas on how Michigan can prosper in the future, will deliver the 2014 Alma College commencement address.
Glazer, president of Michigan Future Inc., also will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree during the ceremony for approximately 290 graduation candidates.
Commencement takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19 in the Hogan Center, Art Smith Arena. The ceremony will be streamed live on the Alma College website for family members who are unable to attend. A baccalaureate service precedes graduation at 10:30 a.m. in Dunning Memorial Chapel.
“For more than two decades, Lou Glazer has championed a vision of Michigan’s future as a world-class community in a knowledge-based economy,” says Alma College President Jeff Abernathy. “I am delighted that our graduating seniors will have this opportunity to hear from him as they think about their lives beyond Alma.”
Glazer is co-author of numerous reports on the future of Michigan, including “The New Path to Prosperity,” which documents lessons from two decades of economic change; “Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy,” which provides a progress report on how well Michigan is positioned to succeed in a flattening world; and “Young Talent in the Great Lakes,” an analysis of Michigan’s success in retaining and attracting college-educated Millennials.
He also is leading efforts to create a network of Detroit college prep high schools that will prepare Detroit students for college success. Among the goals for Michigan Future Schools are that 85 percent of each school’s students will graduate from high school, and 85 percent of enrollees will earn a college degree.
Earlier this year, Alma College entered into a partnership with Detroit Edison Public School Academy, a Michigan Future School, to provide additional scholarship and grant funding and enroll up to 10 students this fall.
“We are working to create a network of Detroit college prep high schools where students earn college degrees, not just high school diplomas,” says Glazer. “This initiative by Alma College is an important part of realizing that vision. It will provide high achieving high school graduates from the city of Detroit an opportunity to get a world class college education.”
Prior to joining MFI, Glazer served as deputy director of the Michigan Department of Commerce. Glazer has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.