President's Advisory Council Provides Creative Input
When it comes to talent, expertise and influence, the members of the
President's Advisory Council take a back seat to no one when providing
wise council to Alma College.
The PAC, a group that has grown to 17 individuals, includes company CEOs, newspaper editors, a U.S. Congressman, a senior Presbyterian pastor, a foundation president, a state superintendent of education, and other high-ranking executives and entrepreneurs.
The PAC gathers for an annual meeting on campus in the fall. The group stays informed throughout the year through regular communication.
“The PAC is an important source of candid input to me, the Board of Trustees and the College from a wide variety of perspectives,” says President Saundra Tracy. “The individuals have been selected because of the significant roles they play in their respective professional fields. They also represent a range of ages and backgrounds.
“Since they have no formal policy-making role for the College, they can offer outside-the-box ideas for us to do with as we deem best,” she says. “The PAC also allows individuals who might not have the time or close connection to Alma College that is required of trustees to contribute their talents and experiences to Alma.”
Another role PAC members play is to extend the visibility of the College, says Tracy.
“PAC members have spheres of professional and personal influence beyond what we otherwise might reach,” she says. “One of the commitments they make in serving on the Council is to intentionally promote the institution.”
Presidential advisory councils have been around in a variety of forms for many years. As institutions strive to stay connected to their broader communities and respond to rapid global changes, their value continues to increase, says Tracy.
“I am so pleased that such a talented and respected group of individuals commit time and effort to Alma College,” says Tracy. “For example, Chairperson Larry Beck, best known as the founder of Waste Management, continues to be professionally active as an entrepreneur and businessman.”
The annual PAC meetings typically focus on strategic issues facing the College.
“Last year the PAC helped us think through what it means to prepare students for a global society,” says Tracy. “At the group’s first meeting several years ago, the members defined the qualities for leadership they believed colleges should emphasize for their graduates. Those conversations were instrumental in the creation of the Center for Responsible Leadership.”
The following individuals make up this year’s PAC:
Larry Beck, Chair
President, Birchwood Construction Co., Harbor Springs
Merrill Gus Armstrong
Armstrong International, Inc., Summerfield, Fla.
Chairman, President & CEO, Dow Corning Corp., Midland
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
President, CEO, Capitol National Bank, Lansing
President, Dome Consulting, Chicago
Vice Chairman, Gordon Food Service, Grand Rapids
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, DTE Energy Co., Detroit
Publisher, Crain’s Detroit Business, Detroit
Editor, Vice President/News, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y.
President & CEO, TexasLending.com, Dallas
President & CEO, Decision Sciences Corp., San Diego
Rev. David Pierce
Senior Pastor, Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Indianapolis
President, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Midland
President & CEO, Firstbank Corp., Alma
Executive Director, General Assembly Council, Presbyterian Church USA, Louisville
Posted: Mon, October 6th, 2008 at 9:08AM