In a strong show of support for the leadership of Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., the Board of Trustees has extended his presidency for three years, through 2024. At that point, Corey will have served the College for 14 years.
“Olivet College is stronger than ever due to the exemplary leadership and vision of President Corey,” said Tom Kolassa ‘69, chair of the Olivet College Board of Trustees. “The Board is pleased with the direction of the College and credits much of the success to President Corey and the leadership team he has assembled. He is a catalyst for positive change, an inspirational leader and a collaborator. There is no one else we’d rather having leading Olivet College as we launch our new and transformative strategic plan in the months ahead.”
Under Corey’s leadership the past decade, the College completed the “Charting the Course to 2020 and Beyond” strategic plan, which included new student enrollment records, a dramatic increase in the number of students living on campus and the addition of new academic programs.
The College also completed a record-setting $47.18 million comprehensive fundraising campaign. Millions have been invested in renovations and new facilities. The College also doubled the future expectancy of its endowment as a result of the campaign.
Reaffirming the College’s founding commitment to inclusion and diversity, the College has doubled its number of underrepresented minority students (URM), with nearly 30% of undergraduate students identifying as a URM. The College also established the Office of Inclusion and a vice president and chief inclusion officer, reporting directly to the president.
The College has increased its commitment and engagement with the greater community, including joining the Lansing Promise, Kalamazoo Promise, providing scholarship opportunities for graduates of Olivet Community Schools, and establishing a grant program for education and community support in the Olivet community.
Deeply engaging student programs have been added, including new athletic programs, Difference Maker Service Corps, Gospel Choir, multiple choral and instrumental ensembles, and reinstituting marching band. The President’s Leadership Institute and Women’s Leadership Institute for students were also established. Adult professional degree completion programs in nursing and criminal justice have been added, and offerings in the graduate MBA program have been expanded.
Also of significance was establishing the Olivet College ADVANTAGE, guaranteeing an opportunity for graduation in four years, study abroad, community service and internships for all undergraduate students.
A new compensation system has been put into place, increasing faculty and staff salaries to ensure equity with other colleges, and a faculty sabbatical program has been implemented.
“President Corey’s service to Olivet College has cultivated many positive changes for our campus community. With his continued commitment to Olivet College, we can continue to foster steady growth to meet the dynamic needs of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said KayDee Perry, Olivet College associate professor and president of the faculty senate.
Corey is now preparing the College for the future with a bold new strategic plan, “Olivet College 2030: Vision for a Prosperous Future.” Four key priorities will ensure a sustainable future for the College as a thriving, financially secure, comprehensive institution:
- Remain firmly Olivet College by strengthening and ensuring the characteristics that define our mission and educational experience.
- Grow the College, particularly in adult professional and graduate programs, while continuing to strengthen the undergraduate program.
- Advance quality through a focus on student success.
- Increase engagement with the greater community.
“I am thankful to have the support of the Board of Trustees as well as the faculty, staff and alumni of Olivet College. It is an honor to lead this institution, work with such dedicated individuals and be inspired by our students,” Corey said. “Our success is truly a collaborative, team effort. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished this past decade and I look forward to what we will achieve in the years ahead.”
Corey holds a doctorate in higher education finance from the University of Arizona, a Master of Business Administration from Cumberland University, a Master of Science from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Science from California State University at Fresno.