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Four reappointed to college board

Published 10:44pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees reappointed four members to three–year terms on the SMC Foundation Board at its May 19 meeting on the Dowagiac campus.

Continuing to serve on the Foundation Board are Virginia “Ginny” Kairis Crawford from Edwardsburg and Spring, Texas, Michael J. O’Neil of Buchanan, Judge Sue Dobrich of Dowagiac and Ron Gunn of Dowagiac.

Crawford was the top human resources manager for ExxonMobil’s Global Chemical Co., retiring from ExxonMobil in February 2012. She attended Southwestern Michigan College after graduating as a junior from Marion High School in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Crawford earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Vice President Michael J. O’Neil, an SMC alumnus, is chief administrative officer for Beacon Health System in South Bend. He is responsible for administration of all construction projects, management of real estate and medical office buildings, joint venture development, Beacon Health Ventures, managed care operations and community health enhancement strategies, as well as a continued leadership role with Memorial Medical Group. O’Neil holds a master’s degree in administration from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and an SMC associate in applied science degree.

Dobrich, Cass County’s first female prosecutor in 1983 and past president of the Michigan Probate Judges Association, was named one of Michigan Lawyer Weekly’s 20 2012 Women in the Law for statewide leadership on behalf of protecting children in cases of child abuse and neglect.

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