Olivet College to recognize three state leaders
Apr 30, 2008
Olivet College will recognize three of Michigans finest leaders as part of its Leadership for Individual and Social Responsibility Awards Dinner Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. in the colleges Kirk Center.
The 2008 honorees are leaders in their chosen professions and reflect the colleges academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.
Thomas Franke holds numerous leadership positions for organizations in Calhoun County, including the Joyce and Lucy Franke Center for the Arts, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Marshall Community Foundation, Art in the Eye, and Battle Creek Health System/Lifespan Hospice Home. He has served on the boards of the Fountain Clinic, Marshall Historical Society and the Burnham Brook Community Center. He has also given his time, expertise and financial resources to benefit the visual and performing arts, scholarships and civic initiatives.
Franke graduated from the University of Michigan (U of M) with a degree in economics in 1950, and earned an MBA from U of M in 1951. He also served a stint in the Korean War as a first lieutenant in the Corp of Military Police.
Marshall Larry Hutchinson has 22 years of experience as a bassist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and nine years teaching at Western Michigan University. Hutchinson is a strong advocate for music education, particularly in public schools. He helped originate and helps coordinate the Day of Strings in the Farmington Public Schools. He has taken an active role in getting his fellow symphony members involved with public school music programs, as well.
In addition to teaching a private studio of bass students, he is on the artist faculty of the Richard Davis Bass Workshop and has directed the annual Troy Bass Workshop since 1984. He also co-chairs the music education committee of the Detroit Symphony.
Joseph M. Stewart is co-founder and chief executive officer of Stewart Industries, LLC, an automotive sub-assembly manufacturing business based in Battle Creek. He is also chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States.
Prior to co-founding Stewart Industries, he was an executive officer at the Kellogg Company, retiring as senior vice president corporate affairs and chief ethics officer after 20 years with the company.
Currently, Stewart serves on the boards of the National Resource Center for the Healing of Racism, the Battle Creek Urban League, Southern University System Foundation, Westbrook Hospital and Standard Federal Bank Regional Advisory Council. He has served on the Calhoun County Health Improvement Program Governing Board, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene Advisory Board, and Grand Valley State University Board of Control, and was chair of the Battle Creek Health System Board of Directors.
Tickets to attend the event are $75 with proceeds benefiting the Olivet College Annual Scholarship Fund. For more information, call (269) 749-7164.