Board of trustees, Snyder recognize contributions of LMC leader
Published 8:00 am Thursday, December 10, 2015
Dr. Robert Harrison, set to retire from Lake Michigan College at the end of 2015, was recognized for his exemplary service at the Board of Trustees meeting tonight. The board passed a resolution awarding Harrison the title of “president emeritus,” and naming the entrance roadway to the college’s Napier Avenue Campus “Harrison Boulevard.”
Harrison served at the college for 16 years, first as dean of Community and Business Services, then as dean of Occupational Studies, and as executive dean of LMC’s Bertrand Crossing Campus. He was named interim president of the college twice, once in 2005 and again in January of 2009, and in May 2009 was appointed the college’s ninth president.
“Dr. Harrison wholeheartedly embraced all of the duties assigned to him throughout his career at LMC,” said Board of Trustees Chair Mary Jo Tomasini. “He provided a successful long-term college vision in a contagiously enthusiastic and often humorous manner. We’re saddened that his tenure here has reached its end, but grateful for his contributions, and we wish him the best in this next phase of his life.”
Tomasini also presented Harrison with a “special tribute” from Governor Rick Snyder. In the tribute, Snyder, on behalf of the people of Michigan, thanked Harrison for his service, during which “the College expanded its programs and services including the addition of a Bachelor Degree in Energy Production and Distribution Management, the opening of an Enology and Viticulture Center, construction start of the Hanson Technology Center, addition of first residence hall and a successful ‘Start to Finish’ program supporting at risk students.”
The commendation notes that Harrison spent over 30 years in the health care industry, and is an active community volunteer. He was recognized in 2007 with the Margaret B. Upton Volunteer Leadership Award, which honors a Berrien County resident with a long-standing history of volunteer contributions.
Snyder also praises Harrison’s “important role in Michigan becoming the ‘Comeback State.’”
In other business, the board heard about the college’s strong financial situation from their auditor, and about the Honors Program from Instructor Amy Scrima and an honors student.