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Four named to the Olivet College Board of Trustees
May 24, 2005

OLIVET, Mich. C. Patrick Babcock, James W. Butler III, Sharon R. Hobbs and Fritz Lewis have been named to the Olivet College Board of Trustees, according to an announcement by board chair David Hayhow. Each will serve a four-year term.

Babcock, a resident of Lansing, works as a senior policy consultant for Public Policy Associates. He recently served as chair of the Michigan Commission on Mental Health and was the director of public policy, program director and senior program consultant at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek. His career in public service spans nearly 40 years and includes holding five cabinet positions in the administrations of former Michigan Govs. William Milliken and James Blanchard. Babcock also served as the director of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse division, director of the Office of Services to the Aging and director of the departments of labor, mental health, and social services. He earned a bachelors degree from Western Michigan University and masters degree from Wayne State University.

Butler, a resident of East Lansing, is vice president of the Michigan Broadband Development Authority in the Department of Labor and Economic Growth, a position he was appointed to by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Butler previously worked as the business unit executive for IBM Global Government Systems in charge of Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. He serves as a member of many local boards including Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Michigan State University Museum, Sparrow Health System and YMCA. Butler earned bachelors degrees from Howard University and the University of District of Columbia.

Hobbs, a resident of East Lansing, operates a private practice in East Lansing as a licensed clinical psychologist. She belongs to the American, Michigan and New York State psychological associations, American Orthopsychiatric Association and Michigan Women Psychologists. Hobbs serves on the board for the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra and MSU Safe House. She has served on the Sparrow Hospital, Sparrow Physicians Health Network, and YWCA boards. She earned bachelors and masters degrees from City College in New York and doctorate from New York University.

Lewis, a resident of Middleville, is a charter member of the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame, member of the Olivet College Insurance Advisory Board and past president of the Capital Club of Lansing. He previously worked as executive vice president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Michigan. Prior to that, Lewis worked at Olivet College as an assistant football and head wrestling coach, director of Mott Academic Center, registrar, assistant provost and vice president for academic development. He earned a bachelors degree from Albion College and masters degree from Western Michigan University.

The Olivet College Board of Trustees pursues policies and programs in accord with the colleges vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. The 34-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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