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Three named to Olivet College Board of Trustees
Nov 17, 2004

OLIVET, Mich. Priscilla Upton Byrns, Dean S. Lewis and Nancy Barto Rohde have been named to Olivet Colleges Board of Trustees, according to an announcement by board chair David Hayhow. Each will serve a four-year term.

Byrns is a resident of St. Joseph. She earned a bachelors degree from Wheelock College in Boston and taught school in St. Joseph for several years. She has served on many local boards and is presently a board member of the Cornerstone Alliance, Fort Miami Heritage Society, Frederick S. Upton Foundation and member of the Whirlpool founding family. Byrns and her late husband, Judge Chester Byrns, have four children.

Lewis is a 1955 graduate of Olivet College and resident of Kalamazoo. He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1958. His private law practice involves estate planning and probate cases, as well as business and real estate. He is a member of the corporation finance, business law, probate and estate planning sections of the State Bar of Michigan. He served as past president of the State Bar of Michigan, Kalamazoo County Bar Association and the Olivet College Alumni Association. Lewis and his wife, Jeanene, have five children and 11 grandchildren.

Rohde is a 1965 graduate of Olivet College and resident of Petoskey. She received a masters of divinity from the United Theological Seminary and was ordained by the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 1980. Rohde has served as a co-pastor, chaplain at Brighton Hospital and interim ministry specialist for nine UCC churches. She is currently retired and helping with Hospice chaplaincy. Rohde and her husband, John, who graduated from Olivet in 1965, have three daughters and three grandchildren.

The Olivet College Board of Trustees pursues policies and programs in accord with the colleges vision of an Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. The 31-member board strives to provide the best possible environment for students, faculty and staff to teach, learn and develop their abilities.


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