Welcome, and thanks for visiting Albion College's home on the web—whether you're stopping by for the first time or looking to reconnect; whether you're a current student, faculty or staff member, or someone who lives in our local community, this is your source to learn about the great things happening here every day.
I've seen them firsthand for nearly a decade, and I am privileged to do so in the 2013-2014 academic year as the College's interim president.
Since 1835, Albion has offered an outstanding undergraduate education rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Fast-forward to today, and more than ever we believe that foundation is exactly what is needed to prepare tomorrow's leaders in an increasingly complex, interdependent, and dynamic world. Equally vital is our intentional integration of curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning on our residential campus. Internships, off-campus study, participation in student organizations and athletics, volunteering in our community—they all reflect our belief that valuable learning happens outside the classroom as well.
The Albion Advantage comes from all these things. As evidenced by the sustained success of our alumni, Albion graduates are ready to think critically, communicate convincingly, act purposefully, and adapt continuously. They are leaders in education, business, medicine, public service, the arts, and their communities.
I have worn several hats at Albion: economics and management professor, Gerstacker Institute director and, most recently, vice president for finance and administration. I am energized by our students, faculty and staff, and the opportunity to collaborate with the City of Albion. And I am honored to serve the College in my new role as we prepare to welcome our 16th president.
Albion is a wonderful place, and I encourage you to experience it for yourself—both online and in person, either for the first time or all over again. I hope to see you on campus soon.
Dr. Michael L. Frandsen, a member of the Albion College family since 2004 in both academic and administrative leadership positions, was named interim president on July 1, 2013. He will serve in this role through the completion of the College's search for its 16th president.
Before moving to the president's office, Frandsen had been vice president for finance and administration since 2009. As head of the College's business operations, he oversaw the Accounting and Business offices as well as Human Resources, Facilities Operations, Information Technology, Auxiliary Services and the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center.
Frandsen's first five years at Albion were on the academic side: first as assistant professor of economics and management beginning in 2004, then as director of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management starting in 2006. Along with leading the institute's curricular, co-curricular and experiential programs, he developed the College’s Student Entrepreneurial Exchange program with ESCIA, a business school near Paris, France. Additionally, he has served the College through his participation on campus task forces on curricular reform and financial modeling.
Prior to joining Albion, Frandsen taught at Juniata College in Pennsylvania for five years, following a career in corporate finance with multinational companies in the defense, chemical, and telecommunications industries. He holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in strategic management.
In the Albion community, Frandsen chairs the Board of Directors of the Albion Economic Development Corporation, and is a board member of Homestead Savings Bank. Beyond Albion, he is a member of the Michigan Colleges Foundation's Collective Purchasing Task Force as well as the Student Trust and Advisory Council of Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc.
Frandsen is married to Sharon Frandsen, an active volunteer in the Albion community and formerly adjunct instructor of exercise science in Albion College's Kinesiology Department. They have two college-age daughters, Janie and Kate.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
President Donna Randall placed an 8:30 p.m. call to all members of the Albion College family on June 6 to provide an update on the College and open the phone lines for live questions. Also on the call was incoming Interim President Mike Frandsen.
Kirk Heinze, '70, introduced President Randall for a brief update, after which callers asked questions for approximately 45 minutes.
The College provided live updates on its Twitter feed at #albioncall throughout the call. For those who were unable to join the call, a recording of the entire phonecast is provided below.
Season's Greetings from President Randall
Please take a moment and watch a brief holiday message from President Randall, featuring campus images from the past year.
Albion College enjoyed an exciting and productive 2011 because of your support. We're looking forward to more great things in 2012, and your gift to the College will help us achieve them!