Alan J. Stone, president of Alma College from 1988 to 2000, died earlier this month in Arizona. A memorial service was held Oct. 11, 2019, at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Alma College experienced significant change and growth under his leadership. Enrollment increased from 1,000 to 1,400, the endowment grew from $37.7 million to $124 million, faculty increased from 62 to 87, technology was developed, and campus expanded with several new buildings, including the Oscar E. Remick Heritage Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in October 1993.
The Alan J. Stone Center for Recreation, which opened in 2001, was named in his honor following his retirement from Alma.
Prior to his Alma presidency, Dr. Stone served as president of Aurora University, Aurora, Ill., from 1978 to 1988. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant professor of social science, associate professor of history and director of admissions at George Williams College.