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Corey named 27th president of Olivet College
Oct 18, 2010

After extensive review of a pool of prestigious candidates from around the country, Olivet College’s presidential search culminated last week with a vote by its board of trustees to elect Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., as the college’s 27th president. His appointment is effective Dec. 13, 2010.

Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.

Corey has served as executive vice president of Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz., since 2001. His appointment to succeed Donald Tuski, Ph.D., who resigned in March to become president of Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, comes on the heels of a national search conducted by a 22-member committee consisting of faculty, staff, students, alumni and trustees.

“We have been overwhelmed by the number and quality of applicants from all over the nation,” said David Hayhow, chair of the college’s board of trustees. “He is an experienced professional in small, private college administration who brings a broad vision of 21st-century higher education to Olivet College. We are delighted we were able to attract him to Michigan.”

During his tenure at Prescott, Corey was responsible for directing all aspects of the college’s administrative and operational policies, objectives and initiatives. He also managed the college’s overall financial policies as chief financial officer.

Corey’s duties have included direct responsibilities in areas such as board relations and development, fundraising, finance, organizational leadership, enrollment management, campus development, curriculum and faculty, and public policy and legislative affairs. In addition, he has served as an associate Ph.D. faculty member and adjunct faculty member for higher education finance, higher education organization and administration, nonprofit management and other business management-related areas.

“Im excited to join the Olivet College community,” said Corey. “Olivet’s passion and excitement for the future of the college is strong and clear, and we have a bright future ahead of us. I look forward to joining the community to set a course for 2020 and beyond, where we optimize our ability to help students achieve their personal aspirations and go out into their communities to make a positive difference in the world.

“The colleges values-based mission of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, combined with the Olivet Compact, is distinctive and is at the forefront of what higher education needs to be doing in this nation and around the world,” he said. “Students can come to Olivet College to achieve not only self fulfillment, but to also develop the skills and experiences necessary to go out and make a positive impact. That’s what we need in the world today, and Olivet College can and needs to be one of the nation’s leaders in this approach to education. There’s tremendous potential to not only strengthen our role and place within the state of Michigan, but we can also reach out beyond the state to the region and nation. In doing so, we can increase our ability to engage with students of more diverse backgrounds and experiences, enriching the breadth of education at Olivet.”

Prior to Prescott, Corey served as fellow for administrative collaboratives for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association. He also spent 10 years at Cumberland University of Tennessee, where he held the positions of vice president for administration, vice president for athletics and director of sports medicine, and was a member of the faculty.

In 2006, Corey was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to serve on the Arizona State Commission for Postsecondary Education. He has also been an active member in the Prescott community, where he has served on several boards.

Corey earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Finance from the University of Arizona in 2007; a Master of Business Administration from Cumberland University in 1998; a Master of Science from Arizona State University in 1990; and a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Fresno in 1988. He also completed post-graduate study from Middle Tennessee State University in 1993.

A native of Clovis, Calif., Corey’s family includes wife, Traci, and daughter, Karli.

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