Olivet College names Kurtz acting president
May 18, 2010
Bill Kurtz, vice president and chief financial officer of Olivet College, has been named acting president of the college, according to an announcement by board of trustees chair David Hayhow. Kurtz temporarily replaces outgoing president Don Tuski, Ph.D., who recently resigned to assume leadership of Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.
Kurtz will serve as acting president while the college conducts a national search for a new chief executive. He will continue to serve as chief financial officer as well.
The appointment was made by the Olivet College Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Friday, May 14.
During these difficult economic times, Bill is in a position to best assure the colleges stability during the search process, Hayhow said. As our chief financial officer for the past 18 months, Bill has managed the colleges finances skillfully and we are certain he will just as skillfully manage the operations of the entire college.
Kurtz has been with Olivet since November 2008. He brings 30 years of financial management experience to the college, including banking, budgeting, financial reporting and investment management.
Prior to Olivet, Kurtz served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Monarch Community Bancorp, Inc. He has also held executive positions with several accounting and financial organizations, such as Southwestern State Employees Credit Union, Trailmaster Suspension and Century Bank and Trust. In addition, Kurtz recently served as an advisory committee member to the Miller College business program, a finance committee member to the Community Health Center of Branch County Foundation and treasurer of Branch County Habitat for Humanity.
A resident of Coldwater, Kurtz earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Western Michigan University in 1980 and became a certified public accountant in 1982. He has also served as an adjunct instructor of accounting at Olivet.