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 […]

In Plain Sight, Impactful Flights

While her connection to Albion is through family, her gift of airline miles provides nonstop rewards.

September 3, 2020 | By Chuck Carlson Kristy Ekleberry likes to travel. A lot. And everywhere. Often. “There might be wine glasses I’d like to buy that I can’t find in the U.S. but I know I can find them in Milan, so I’d fly to Milan,” she says. Her first around-the-world trip was in […]

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 […]

Albion College Receives $7.5 Million Bequest From Former Student Robert Richmond

After attending Albion in the early 1960s, Richmond built successful businesses in West Michigan as well as a strong penchant for philanthropy.

July 16, 2020 Robert Richmond began his higher education at Albion College more than a half-century ago. Those two years in the south center of Michigan left an impact on him that continued his entire life and, while he didn’t receive a degree from Albion, it is one of three institutions where he has left […]

Dr. James Wilson, ’77, Discusses COVID-19 Research, Wilson Institute on Detroit News Program

Dr. James Wilson, ’77, appeared on the May 3 episode of Spotlight on the News, the long-running Sunday news program on WXYZ-TV ABC 7 in Detroit. The Purple & Bold campaign co-chair talked about how his genetic research lab in Philadelphia has nimbly refocused itself as one of a select group of labs around the world […]

Albion College Board of Trustees Elects Michael J. Harrington, ’85, as Chair

Outgoing chair J. Donald Sheets, ’82, will continue to serve on board as head of Finance Committee.

May 4, 2020 The Board of Trustees of Albion College has elected Michael J. Harrington, ’85, as its new chairman. The Indianapolis attorney and retired corporate executive will lead the 27-person board of the nationally recognized private four-year liberal arts college after serving as a trustee for eight years. He succeeds J. Donald Sheets, ’82, […]

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

E&M’s Vicki Baker is Taking Her Mid-career Educators Workshop to Europe

The Albion professor has worked for years to bring the challenges of mid-career educators to the forefront. Now, as a Fulbright Specialist, she will help shape faculty development in The Netherlands.

February 20, 2020 | By Chuck Carlson Economics and Management Professor Vicki Baker is taking her quest to assist, inform and, perhaps, reshape mid-career professors to the international stage. Baker, who has studied and written extensively about the topic for several years, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist and will be in The Netherlands […]