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Olivet College to recognize three state leaders
Jun 06, 2005

OLIVET, Mich. Olivet College will recognize three of Michigans finest leaders as part of its Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner Thursday, June 16 in the colleges Kirk Center. During the event, President Donald L. Tuski will honor George Francis III, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Richard Rasmussen, former thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon; and Theda Rudd, president of David Rudd Enterprises, Inc. Each individuals accomplishments reflect the colleges vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, benefit the Olivet College Annual Scholarship Fund.

Francis is a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and past president of the Detroit Area Council of Boy Scouts. In 2001, he received the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America the highest award that scouting bestows. Francis earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Prairie View A&M University in Texas and completed the program for management development at Harvard Universitys Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Olivet College Board of Trustees.

Rasmussen is a 1935 graduate of Olivet College. He performed the first heart and chest surgery in West Michigan. He spearheaded and continues to support the colleges Rasmussen Reams Pre-Med Endowed Scholarship Fund and is a Class Captain. He served as a member of the Olivet College Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1987. Rasmussen has received a distinguished alumni award from all three of his alma maters: Greenville High School, Olivet College and the University of Chicago School of Medicine.

Rudd was instrumental in bringing the only Ronald McDonald House to mid-Michigan and is chair emeritus of its board. For 20 years, Rudd operated McDonalds Restaurants in East Lansing, Lansing and Okemos, expanding the operation from one restaurant in 1980 to eight in 2000. In 1997, she received The Golden Arch Lifetime Achievement Award from McDonalds Corporation, the highest recognition given to McDonalds franchisees internationally. Rudd is a member of the Board of Directors of Sparrow Health System and serves on the audit and human resources committees of those boards. She is assistant director of the Office of Placement Services and visiting lecturer in the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University.

For more information, call (269) 749-7164.


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