McKenzie marks 25 years on SMC boardPublished 11:07am Thursday, May 30, 2013
Michigan Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, paid special tribute to Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Keith McKenzie Monday night during the board’s regular meeting.
Proos said, “It is an honor and distinct privilege to commend McKenzie as he celebrates his 25th year as a member of the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees. Certainly this milestone is a testament to all of the hard work he has devoted toward insuring our college is providing the highest standards of education.”
McKenzie became a member of the SMC Board of Trustees in 1987. He is a graduate of Marcellus High School and continued his education at Michigan State University. He has been a career farmer for more than 40 years in the Marcellus area.
“Keith McKenzie has worked diligently to guarantee that students from all across southwest Michigan are provided with an opportunity to pave a road to success for themselves,” Proos said. “Surely this milestone, in addition to his dedicated service, are worthy of high recognition and praise.”
The tribute was signed by Proos; state Rep. Matt Lori, from the 59th District; U.S. Rep. Fred Upton-6th District; and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
“Keith has been a very involved board member,” said Dr. Fred Mathews, board chairman. “He has provided a steady hand and I appreciate that.”
Throughout the years, McKenzie served as president of the Michigan Livestock Exchange, served on the Michigan Livestock Board, National Livestock Meat Board and the U.S. Meat Federation Board. He also served on the National Livestock Producers Board as well as on the Michigan Commission of Agriculture.
McKenzie received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture award from Michigan Farm Bureau. He and his wife, Darlene, have three children, are active members of Wakelee United Methodist Church and have been longtime members of the Volinia Community Action Group.