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Olivet College to recognize state leaders
May 10, 2012

Olivet College will recognize some of Michigan’s finest leaders as part of its 16th annual Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Lester K. Kirk Center. The premier sponsor for the event is Buiten & Associates of Grand Rapids.

The 2012 honorees are leaders in their chosen professions and reflect the college’s vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.

David Campbell has served as superintendent of Livingston Educational Service Agency in Howell since 2011. Prior to this position, he served the Olivet School District in a number of capacities for 19 years. As Olivet High School principal, he helped open the new high school facility, was instrumental in making it a positive school culture, helped improve the quality of technology, facilitated the restructuring of the school day so students and staff could concentrate on fewer classes, and helped revitalize the school’s fine arts program.

In August 2000, Campbell was promoted to superintendent. Of his dedication to learning, he has said, “Education is a process that is never finished since we should never stop learning. I view my position in much the same way. The job is never finished, as there is always room for improvement in an organization this size.”

For his work, Campbell was named the 2010 Michigan Superintendent of the Year by the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) and is now president-elect of MASA. In 2011, he was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder as the superintendents’ representative on the state of Michigan’s Teacher Tenure Commission.

Campbell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in education with a major in history and social studies. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration from Illinois State University and completed post-master’s degree work at Western Michigan University. In 2010, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Olivet College.

David Hayhow has served as Olivet College Board of Trustees chair for nine years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1955, Hayhow began a career that is truly reflective of the college’s academic vision, Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. Starting with the Pontiac Press, he worked for four other publications throughout his career, holding positions from staff writer to publisher. Following his work in the newspaper industry, he was executive assistant to the lieutenant governor; he founded and published Great Lakes Life magazine; and he also founded and served as president of Publicom Association Management Services.

Even with a busy work schedule, Hayhow still found time to serve his community. He has served as a member or director for numerous organizations, including the MSU Foundation, University Corporate Research Park, Professional Advisory Committee to the MSU School of Journalism, Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, BoarsHead Theatre and Michigan Press Association.

Beyond his work experience, Hayhow has taken great pride in the growth and development of the college since being asked to serve on its board of trustees in 1995. During his tenure on the board, he has been involved with and overseen some of the college’s most recent improvements, including the Burrage Library expansion, the Heritage Campaign, phases I and II of the Cutler Athletic Complex/Cutler Event Center, Gillette Student Village and the Embracing Opportunity and Responsibility campaign, among other initiatives. Hayhow spends countless hours seeing that Olivet College advances and succeeds. In 2009, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his dedication to Olivet.

Tickets to attend the Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner are $75, which includes a $40 tax deductible donation to Olivet College. For more information, contact Mary Anne McMullen, director of special events, at (269) 749-7131 or

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