Board Chair Honored with Leadership Award
An Alma College leader is the recipient of a prestigious leadership award.
David Provost, chairman of the Board of Trustees, has received the Outstanding Leadership Award from Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, a distinguished private K-12 Jewish school system with campuses in Southfield and Oak Park.
More than 2,000 people attended the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Anniversary Dinner Oct. 28 at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in the Detroit Renaissance Center to salute Provost for his leadership and commitment to the school.
dignitaries praised Provost at the dinner, including Michigan Gov.
Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Attorney General Mike
Cox, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Southfield Mayor Brenda
Letters of congratulation also were received from President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Senator Carl Levin, and Congressmen Sander Levin, Thaddeus McCotter and Joseph Knollenberg.
Provost, chairman and CEO of The Private Bank in Bloomfield Hills, was described as “a longtime anchor for the Detroit Jewish community,” according to Gary Torgow, president of the school.
“David is one of Michigan’s most unusual and unique business and community leaders,” said Torgow in his remarks at the anniversary dinner. “He is that rare blend of businessman who places people before profit and community before commerce. He is an individual who has spent his entire banking career providing advice and counsel to a myriad of businesses and individuals, seeking to improve their bottom line and enhance their quality of life without regard to the return on investment of his own business enterprise.
“How amazing and fortunate we are that you have adopted the Yeshiva and our community as a part of your life—clearly not out of obligation, but rather out of a sense of love, concern and deep friendship,” said Torgow.
It was the first time in the history of the school that a non-Jewsish individual was honored at the annual Yeshiva Beth Yehudah recgnition dinner.
“It was a wonderful experience to attend and
see how David is so
admired by the students and administration of the school,” said Carol
Hyble, vice president for advancement at Alma College, who attended the
recognition dinner along with Bob Murray, director of planned giving.
“He has given his expertise, leadership and time to help them reach
In her letter, Gov. Granholm wrote, “Your outstanding record of selfless service for the Jewish community and the state of Michigan are worthy praise from all...You are truly working to improve the lives of Michigan citizens.”
Provost, a 1976 graduate of Alma College, has been a member of the Alma College Board of Trustees since 1994. He resides in Birmingham with his wife, Christine, and their two children, Allie and Andrew.
Posted: Tue, November 6th, 2007 at 2:24PM