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Rowe and Hubbel named professors emeriti at Olivet College
Mar 28, 2012

The Olivet College Board of Trustees recently granted emeritus status to Don Rowe, professor of art, and Mike Hubbel, professor of insurance and risk management, upon their retirement. Both professors received the honor for exceptional service during their tenure at the college.

Rowe began teaching at Olivet in 1968. His four decades of service to the college have included courses in art history, color and composition, drawing, painting, printmaking, art appreciation and general education. In the past, he also taught courses in creative drawing, figure drawing, visual foundations, and art history from the Baroque, Modern and Renaissance periods and the 19th century. Additionally, Rowe has served as chair of the Visual Arts Department and director of the liberal arts core program.

Rowe has received many honors as a member of the Olivet College faculty. He was awarded the Livingston Professorship in 1989, the highest faculty teaching honor awarded by the college. Most recently, he earned the Riethmiller Outstanding Faculty Member Award for excellence in scholarship during the 2011 Honors Convocation.

A resident of Olivet, Rowe earned a bachelor’s degree in visual design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Fine Art degree in printmaking from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions throughout Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota, and in group exhibitions throughout the country, including Arkansans, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas. He continues to lend his exceptional teaching talents to students at Olivet College as a part-time instructor.

Hubbel served Olivet as professor of insurance and risk management and director of the Risk Management and Insurance Center for 20 years. During that time, he taught insurance and risk management courses, served as chair of the Business Administration Department and implemented the college’s first online graduate program, the Master of Business Administration in Insurance. He was also instrumental in developing educational partnership agreements with Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing and the Eaton Intermediate School District.

Hubbel led the Olivet College Risk Management and Insurance Program to national and international recognition. The program has been ranked eighth in the nation in number of students and graduates by Business Insurance and Risk Management magazines, and was listed as one of 20 notable RMI programs in the world. Under his leadership, the college’s Alpha Alpha chapter of the student risk management association Gamma Iota Sigma was consistently ranked in the top three chapters in the nation.

A resident of Grand Rapids, Hubbel earned an associate degree in business from Lansing Community College, a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from the College of Insurance in New York (now part of St. John’s University). He holds many professional certifications, including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, and numerous professional designations from the Insurance Institute of America in Malvern, Pa. Hubbel continues to design and conduct live and online insurance and risk management seminars for business professionals across the world, as he has done for previous clients Arch, Argo Group US, Deloitte, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Risk Management Solutions, and Willis.


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