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Three named to Olivet College Board of Trustees
Nov 15, 2005

OLIVET, Mich. Stanley Dole, Jr., Tom Nesbitt and Rev. Donald P. Olsen, D.Min., were recently elected to the Olivet College Board of Trustees, according to an announcement by board chair David Hayhow. Each will serve a four-year term.

Dole is a resident of Grand Rapids. He worked as a certified public accountant for Ernst and Ernst in Grand Rapids for 25 years and then operated his own accounting firm until his retirement in 2004. He is treasurer and manages investments of four not-for-profit organizations, as well as the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ. Dole has served the local, state and national United Church of Christ in many capacities. Dole and his wife, Betsy, who served on Olivets board for more than 20 years, have been strong supporters of the college and founded the Betsy Dole Womens Resource Center. He earned a bachelors degree from Bowdoin College in Maine and a masters in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Nesbitt is a 1963 graduate of Olivet College and resident of White Lake. He taught at Detroit Catholic Central where he served as the assistant baseball and football coach. He dedicated 35 years of service to the Archdiocese of Detroit as a teacher and coach. Nesbitt is a member of the Detroit Area Steelheaders and Olivet College Alumni Association. He has also been involved in the Catholic Coaches Association, Michigan Amateur Hockey Association, Michigan Education Association and has served as chairman for the Michigan Junior Olympics. Nesbitt played an integral part in raising funds for the Olivet College Cutler Athletic Complex, built in 2004. He earned a teaching certificate in secondary education and art from Eastern Michigan University.

Olsen is a resident of Waukegan, Ill. He is an associate executive secretary for the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and Dean of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies. Olsen has served churches in St. Paul, Minn.; Manhasset, N.Y., and Lathrup Village, Mich. He has been involved in Habitat for Humanity at each location and was a founding member of the Nassau County board in New York. Olsen is also active in mission work in the United States and Nigeria. He is a member of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Advisory Board. He earned a bachelors degree from Bethel College in Minnesota, a masters of divinity from the United Theological Seminary and doctorate of ministry from the Chicago Theological Seminary. Olsen received an honorary doctorate from Olivet College in 2004.

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 30-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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