Julie Serra and Joseph Serra, ’82

“Sometimes a person has to give more than they think they can,” Joe Serra said.

When Albion College reached out to Joe and Julie Serra, the longtime supporters gave generously for a new fitness center that will help students grow, develop, and be strong in mind, body and spirit.

Joe Serra saw Albion College as a magical place where he learned and developed skills that made him a successful Michigan businessman as president of Serra Automotive. His wife, Julie, a graduate of Michigan State University, got to know Albion from her frequent visits here when she was dating Joe. Through their generosity, the Dow Center will be expanded to create a new fitness and activity space for all students. They see the new facility as an inviting and energetic destination every student, and hope it is recognized as another part of the College that is welcoming. The Serra gift also will help realize an upgraded competitive site for the athletic teams that call Kresge Gym home, which will attract students to the state-of-the-art complex.

“Anytime you can give back, you should. We benefited from Albion and want to give others the same opportunity.” said Joe.