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Trubac to receive honorary degree from Olivet College
Apr 18, 2012

Charles Trubac, one of Olivet College’s longtime supporters and leaders, will be recognized with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the college’s Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 19. Trubac is a former member and chairman of the Olivet College Board of Trustees and a trustee emeritus. He is former regional vice president of State Farm Insurance Companies in Marshall and, in that position, has been an industry leader in Michigan.

Trubac was nominated and selected for the honor in recognition of his exemplification of the ideals of Olivet College through significant achievement and contributions to society. Through his vision and extraordinary commitment to education, Olivet College and enhancing quality in the insurance industry, he helped to establish the Risk Management and Insurance Center at Olivet College. Trubac has since remained actively engaged with the center throughout the years as a member of the Insurance Advisory Council, frequent guest lecturer and mentor to students, young professionals and faculty alike.

Throughout his career, Trubac has achieved many accomplishments that have positively impacted the companies he has worked for, as well as the insurance industry and the greater community. He began in 1951 as an agent for State Farm Insurance in Washington, D.C. Four years later, he was appointed agency manager and progressed through other management positions to deputy regional vice president of the regional office in Frederick, Md. He came to Michigan as regional vice president in June 1971. The Michigan office grew substantially during his tenure. At the time of his retirement in 1992, there were nearly 1,700 employees, 730 agents and 50 agency managers. The companies serviced 1.2 million auto policies, 760,000 fire policies, 200,000 life policies and 42,000 health policies for earned premiums for Michigan totaling nearly $1 billion.

In addition to his business accomplishments, Trubac has also demonstrated Olivet College’s responsibility ideal through service to others and his community. He has been involved in the Optimist Club; Public Housing Authority of Frederick, Md.; Binder Park Zoological Society; Junior Achievement; Michigan Avenue Community Organization; and more. He has also demonstrated a substantial commitment to advancing ethical decision making and management as a graduate of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and as an active member of its Ethics Corp, traveling the country to promote a responsibility for ethical decision making, and management principles and practice. In 1994, Trubac was inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame.

For more information, visit www.olivetcollege.edu.


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