Albion College Celebrates Early Close of Successful $100 Million Campaign

The front entrance of Stockwell Library

Nearly 42,000 gifts and pledges totaling more than $101 million across four key priorities lead to the campaign’s conclusion 18 months ahead of schedule.

The success underscores the interconnected impact experienced every day by Albion students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, and boldly sets up the College for an engaged, purpose-driven future.

November 12, 2020 It was September 2019 when Albion College officially announced the launch of the public phase of a $100 million comprehensive campaign as part of the College’s Purple & Bold initiatives. Less than a year later, the results are in. Thanks to nearly 42,000 gifts and pledges from generous alumni, parents, students and […]

The Beat Behind the Sarns Marching Band Gift: ‘The Music Really Matters’

A transformational gift will build the British Eighth into an even greater foundation for success for musically inclined students, and an even greater source of pride for the entire Albion College community.

September 4, 2020 | By Chuck Carlson For Steve Sarns, ’77, the band has never stopped playing. “Music can bring you to incredible highs and it can be almost cathartic,” he says. “Music is all about emoting people to move. From building emotions up for victory, connecting us humans to others, building our faith by delving […]

Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Mathew B. Johnson as 17th President of Albion College

Dr. Mathew B. Johnson

April 23, 2020 A sociologist by training who officially joins Albion on July 1, the Carnegie Fellow is an international expert in the field of community engagement and brings from Brown University a passion for engaged scholarship and the public purpose of higher education. Read more | Meet Dr. Johnson

Laying the Foundation

A gift from William Bremer, ’63, in support of Albion student research, scholarship and creative activity offers additional incentive for fellow Britons to include the College in their estate planning.

April 8, 2020 | By Chuck Carlson Dr. William Bremer, ’63, has always stood willing and eager to help out the college that has meant so much to him. “Probably my days at Albion were the most enjoyable and pleasant time in my life,” he says. “I made a lot of good friends. I had […]

Remembering Albion Community Philanthropist Bud Davis

April 2, 2020

Albion College President Mauri Ditzler recently emailed the following message to alumni and friends in the City of Albion and the surrounding community.

Dear Friends,

The philanthropy of Olivia and Bud Davis will be felt in the Albion community and at Albion College for many years to come.

I’m writing to you and other alumni and friends here in our host community to pass along a pair of important messages.

First, I hope you are doing everything you can to stay safe and healthy during this extraordinary time. A week ago, Albion College closed its campus to comply with Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order. The week before that, we moved our classes online. We are continuing to do everything we can at the College to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

The second message I want to share with you is something you may have already heard about. Bud Davis passed away on March 19, rejoining Olivia, his beloved wife of nearly 72 years (and whom most of us fondly knew as Ruby), after her passing last summer. Each was a dear friend of Albion College and together they were a powerful philanthropic force in this community. To put it simply, Ruby and Bud loved Albion.

Bud graduated from Washington Gardner High School in 1939 and served in the Army in Europe during World War II (Ruby served as well, in the Navy WAVES in Mississippi). When he returned to his hometown, he moved from banking to industry, eventually rising to vice president and treasurer of Albion Industries, and president and treasurer of Sheridan Industries.

A member of Albion College’s Board of Trustees from 1973–1982, Bud’s connection to the College—and to his community—only continued to deepen. Among the Davises’ many generous gifts to the College was the lead gift in 2015 that spurred the creation of the Davis Athletic Complex, featuring revamped facilities for baseball and softball, a brand-new lighted facility for soccer and lacrosse, and an inviting plaza tying together the entire project.

But perhaps the most monumental gift from Bud and Ruby was the one that kick-started the renovation of the Bohm Theatre. When it reopened in 2014, the Bohm also officially became The Davis Center for Film and Performing Arts—that one philanthropic work of art helped ignite the revitalization of our downtown, and in turn, Albion itself.

I got to meet Bud and Ruby a few times during my time here as the College’s president, and I had the honor to present them the Briton Medallion for their generosity and service to the institution at our graduation ceremony in 2015. The year before that and the year after that, their Albion pride took on new dimensions when their grandsons received their Albion degrees.

While our current public health situation and its impact on Albion College is taking up nearly all of my time right now, occasionally I allow myself a moment to remember that my presidency is nearing its conclusion. When I do have those moments, the first thing I think about are the people I have had the privilege of getting to know along the way. Bud and Ruby Davis gave so much of themselves to this town and this College, and it’s so heartening to know that their impact will continue to be felt for years to come.

Mauri Ditzler
President, Albion College

Judge Conrad Sindt, ’69: A Reflection, a Community Gathering

Monday, February 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to you today to share a few words to recognize and celebrate the incredibly impactful life of Judge Conrad Sindt, who unexpectedly lost his life at his home last week.

Conrad dedicated his career to public service in Calhoun County. For 24 years, he served on the bench of the Circuit Court; for 14 years before that he was a county prosecutor. And for five years, he served as a police officer here in Albion.

He was proud of Albion—the City and the College. He wasn’t born here or even in Michigan; Conrad grew up on an Iowa farm, and came to Albion seeking the small, close-knit liberal arts college experience we all know so well. Not long after he arrived, he found lots of reasons to stay.

I usually saw Conrad in the presence of his wife, Peggy, with whom I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate on a number of important initiatives and projects in Albion these last six years. Together as leaders and as Albion College graduates—Conrad in 1969, Peggy in 1973—they have been stalwarts of this community. In recent years, following Conrad’s retirement from the Court, I was fortunate to have several conversations with them as they deepened their commitment to the College by supporting experiential learning opportunities for our students and accepting an invitation to serve as co-chairs for our comprehensive campaign, Purple & Bold.

When one interacted with Judge Sindt, you knew this was someone who lived his life with purpose and with a clear conscience. He excelled in running an orderly courtroom, but he also loved being outside in nature—often with their horses—and reveled in the adventures this brought, particularly his solo riding trips in the mountains out west.

Conrad exuded calm and confidence in everything he did. You just had the feeling that what you saw was what you got: a person of great integrity who cared deeply for his friends and his community.

I encourage you to read more about our neighbor, friend, public servant and fellow Briton in the Sindt family obituary. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 28, at 2:30 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel, with visitation starting one hour prior to the service.

Over the coming days and weeks, I am certain we will all reflect on our fond memories of Conrad. And, I suspect that for many, like me, those memories will be intermingled with thoughts of Peggy. I hope that we all will embrace those memories of Conrad and thoughts of Peggy during this difficult time for their family.

Mauri A. Ditzler
President, Albion College

Student Success at Heart of $8 Million Gift from Sally, ’75, and Sandy Cutler

Sally Cutler, '75 (right), and Sandy Cutler

The Sarah S. and Alexander M. Cutler Center for Student Success and Academic Achievement will help students overcome obstacles to degree completion and empower them through graduation.

October 22, 2019 The largest gift in the history of Albion College has a goal equally as large—providing students of greatest need with every opportunity possible to successfully navigate, and thrive, in the demanding and turbulent waters that are the college experience. Impressed by Albion’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, Sarah Cutler (known to most […]

Brits Fill KC Living Room for Unveiling of ‘Leaders in Philanthropy’ Wall Display

October 7, 2019 | By Jake Weber The October 4 public launch of Albion College’s Purple & Bold campaign, as part of Homecoming 2019 festivities, included an 8:30 a.m. standing-room-only crowd in the Kellogg Center’s Langbo Living Room. The morning gathering provided an opportunity for the College to thank many of its enthusiastically generous alumni […]

Purple & Bold: Albion College Embarks on a ‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Campaign

The $100 million goal will forge an exemplary future for the College, creating an Albion liberal arts experience that is more vital and more capable than ever before.

October 4, 2019 It is ambitious. It is intrepid. It is challenging. And it is the next step in Albion College’s goal of creating a liberal arts experience for students to change the world. The College is embarking on perhaps the most far-reaching comprehensive campaign in its 185-year history, and by the time it ends […]

Letter from the President and Chairman

Fellow Britons,

It is a great honor to serve you—the entire Briton Family. We are a broad and diverse group that is inclusive of not only alumni, but of every person who holds Albion College in high regard for the profound impact it makes.

In 1835, Albion College was founded on the frontier of Michigan Territory with a single primary purpose: to enhance, enrich, and empower its community.

Well into the 21st century, that purpose is just as relevant. We still imagine ourselves as a frontier college. The frontiers are different—driven by intellectual, societal, and technological forces—and our mission is much broader, but our founders’ extraordinary efforts serve as an enduring guide.

Together over the past five years we have pursued that purpose with a fervent determination. We have witnessed the grit and gumption of our graduates—Brits who lead some of our country’s most storied corporations, shape the pioneering medicine that will transform health care tomorrow, educate our youngest future leaders, nourish our spirits with inspiring art, and serve our communities as thoughtful and inclusive citizens. At home in Albion we have watched, with a keen eye, those same attributes take root and grow.

As we look toward the College’s 185th birthday, we are launching the public phase of Albion College’s $100 million comprehensive campaign. An effort that began quietly in 2014 will shape this College’s future—because of your belief in, and commitment to, our purpose.

We are humbled by your trust and confidence, but not surprised. Instead we are reminded once again that Britons are audacious and bold. Individually and together, we dream no small dreams. Io Triumphe!


Mauri Ditzler
16th President of Albion College

J. Donald Sheets, ’82
Chairman, Board of Trustees