OLIVET, Mich. Olivet College is hosting the seventh annual Leadership in Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner Thursday, June 19 in the colleges Kirk Center. During the event, Olivet President Donald L. Tuski will recognize three individuals for their accomplishments reflecting the colleges vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.
The 2003 honorees include Olivet Trustee Dr. John J.H. Schwarz, Michigan Senator from 1987 to 2002 and a practicing head and neck surgeon in Battle Creek; Haifa Fakhouri Ph.D., president and CEO of the Arab-American and Chaldean Council, the nations largest community-based human services agency; and Olivet Trustee Charles Blackman 46, Ph.D., whose leadership on behalf of the college spans more than four decades.
During his career in the Senate, Schwarz served on a number of committees including the Health Policy, Senate Fiscal Agency Governing Board and the Technology and Energy committees. He was also vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chaired the subcommittees on Higher Education and General Government. Prior to running for the State Senate, Schwarz was the Mayor of Battle Creek.
In 1999, Schwarz was appointed director/treasurer of the American Legacy Foundation, a national organization established to reduce tobacco use in the United States. In 2000, he was appointed president pro tempore of the Senate, was a delegate to the International Republican Institutes observation of presidential elections in Mexico and co-chaired the Michigan delegation to the Republican National Convention.
Fakhouris vision and devotion to humanitarian deeds amongst immigrant and refugee people have propelled her as a catalyst for change. She has served as a Special Advisor to the United Nations on the role and status of women and population policies in the Middle East, and is also a special consultant for the Queen Noor of Jordan Foundation vis—vis Ministry of Labor. She has also served as a special consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Fakhouris academic and administrative leadership and her role in, and service to, the Arab and Chaldean communities of southeast Michigan have won her posts and appointments on several local, state and national advisory boards and various commissions.
Blackmans leadership on behalf of Olivet College began in the early 1960s when he served as president of the colleges Alumni Council. In recent years, as a trustee of the college, Blackman has served as chair of the academic committee and as one of four trustee representatives to the Olivet Employee Plan project team. It was under his leadership that the key elements of The Olivet Plan, which expands on the colleges vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, were guided through review by Olivets faculty and staff and approved by the colleges Board of Trustees.
Blackman has served on three Olivet College presidential search committees, was co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee in 1994, chaired his 50th Reunion Committee in 1996 and served for many years as a class captain. He was previously honored by the college as a Distinguished Alumni in 2001and as an 1844 award recipient in 1995.
Blackman spent 35 years of his career at the Michigan State University College of Education. He holds degrees from Olivet College and The Ohio State University.