OLIVET, Mich. — Olivet College recognized 17 students as graduates of the seventh President’s Leadership Institute (PLI) class during a ceremony Wednesday, March 27 at the Battle Creek Country Club.
Launched in 2013, PLI was established to develop top leadership skills in Olivet’s students, as well as enable them to become the principal professional and community leaders of the future. The College collaborated with experienced professionals that specialize in business coaching and professional development to design a program catered specifically to Comets. Students with exemplary leadership potential are nominated for the program by the OC community.
President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., and the faculty members of PLI, including trustee David Labrecque ’84; Provost and Dean Maria Davis, Ph.D.; and Today’s Leader partners Charlie Burnham, Mike Bivens and Jill Edelen, were on hand to officially recognize students as fellows of the institute for having successfully completed the eight-segment program.
Seventh President’s Leadership Institute Graduation Class
· Asheley Brooks, psychology major, Novi
· Reiker Dean, visual arts major with studio art concentration, Youngsville, North Carolina
· Nicole Deweyert, exercise science major, Dorchester, Ontario
Maia Greer, financial planning major, Kalamazoo
· Savannah Hickman, exercise science major, Chicago, Illinois
· Tori John, exercise science major, Cadillac
· Rose Kemmerling, biology major with premedical concentration, Monroe
· Melanie Keusch, insurance and risk management major, Charlotte
· Keanalanimeleo'kekai Kunz, biology major, Laie, Hawaii
· Brittany McDuffie, biology major with premedical concentration, Toledo, Ohio
· Ashton Osborne, journalism and mass communication major, Detroit
· Miranda Pier, accounting major, Woodhaven
· Emma Schut, accounting major, Cedar Springs
· Sofiya Stumpos, sports and recreation management major, Albion
· David Sunnock, business marketing major, Marshall
· Tyler Thenikl, studio art major with graphic design concentration, Belmont
· Grace Wheeler, psychology major, Marshall
Successful institute graduates are designated as “fellows of the President’s Leadership Institute” and are invited to remain engaged in the activities of PLI in support of future student leadership development, both while completing their studies at Olivet College and as successful alumni engaged in professional and community leadership roles
“It truly is the people that make up Olivet College,” President Corey said. “We might be small but we’re mighty in the outcomes we generate one student at a time. I know what is coming with this group of fellows as they graduate. That may mean making a difference on campus by carrying forth the principles that you’ve learned in PLI and in other ways in which you’re leading. You will be a positive influence on others and create positive change for Olivet
College in ways that build, grow and strengthen our community, and then when you leave Olivet College and do the same things in the rest of the world.”
For more information about the President’s Leadership Institute, contact Barb Spencer, executive assistant to the president, at 269.749.7642 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Office of Admissions at 800.456.7189 or email@example.com for questions about Olivet College.
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