Internal Advisory Committee Members and Affiliated Faculty
Jon Hooks, Chair and Professor, Department of Economics and Management
B.S., 1984, Cameron University; M.A., 1985, University of Texas, Dallas; PhD, 1989, Michigan State University
Bindu Madhok, Chair and John W. Porter Endowed Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
B.A., 1983, University of Calcutta; Ph.D., 1990, Brown University
William Rose, Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science
B.A., 1981, & J.D., 1987, University of Toledo; Ph.D., 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Gregory Saltzman, Professor, Economics and Management
S.B., S.M., 1976, MIT; Ph.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Kyle Shanton, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Education
B.A., 1985 University of Iowa; M.A., 1990; Ph.D., 1998, University of Arizona
Douglas White, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
B.S., 1976, Pennsylvania State University; M.S., 1978, University of Tennessee; Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University
External Advisory Committee Members
Joseph Calvaruso, ’78, Executive Director, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
Raymond Davis, ’84, Attorney, Thrun Law Firm, P.C.
Herold “Mac” Deason, ’64, Attorney, Bodman PLC, Detroit
Brett Decker, ’93, Consulting Director, White House Writers Group
Leslee Fritz, ’94, Director of Public Affairs & Administrative Services, Michigan Department of Civil Rights
George Heartwell, ’71, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan
David Hogg, ’69, Retired District Court Judge, 84th District, Michigan
Paul Huth, ’77, Attorney, Paul H Huth PC
James Kingsley, ’63, Chief Judge, 37th Circuit Court, Calhoun County
Craig Kirby, ’85, Managing Director, Savannah LLC
Hometown: Rockford, Michigan
Major/Minor/Institutes: Political Science and Gender Studies major, Art minor, Ford concentration
Campus Organizations: Model United Nations, Student Volunteer Bureau, Ford Council, Phi Alpha Delta, Best Buddies, volunteer at Albion elementary school
Why I chose Ford: I chose Ford because of my general interests in public policy, debate and politics, as well as for the connections I will be making for future job interests and internships.
Best part of being a Briton: The atmosphere of Albion: the connections and opportunities I have already made as a freshman are amazing. The professors are on your side trying to help in every way possible.
Post-graduation plans: My future plans consist of applying for Teach for America right after graduation and then going to Columbia University to obtain my law degree.
Favorite movie about my future career: Freedom Writers. To have the opportunity to inspire students, even if it is just for two years, to stay committed to their education and be their support system would be one of the most rewarding feelings in the world.
Current issue/topic that is important to me: Global civil rights and the lack of media coverage on global oppression. Anything from the civil war in Syria to sex trafficking in Asia to the oppression of LGBTQ.
Hometown: Davisburg, Michigan
Major/Minor/Institutes: History and Music major, Ford concentration
Campus Organizations: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Model United Nations, varsity swimming and diving team, Ford Council
Why I chose Ford: I chose Ford for the extensive opportunities the institute gives to its members. Opportunities for internships, alumni connections and out-of-the-classroom learning. Ford is also a place where like-minded people can unite to help the community.
Best part of being a Briton: Being a Briton means a lot. As an athlete, that of course is where my mind turns first. I have a chance to represent my college, my community and myself.
Post-graduation plans: Presently, my post-graduate plans are rather unsure. Broad range: grad school, law school, teaching, coaching ...
Favorite movie about my future career: 12 Angry Men (the '50s version) is a movie that I've enjoyed recently that coincides with possible future plans.
Current issue/topic that is important to me: Education policy is an issue dear to my heart, as I grew up being homeschooled. Teaching and learning methods and how that relates to policy.
Hometown: Midland, Michigan
Major/Minor/Institutes: Anthropology and International Studies major, Political Science minor, Ford concentration, member of Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program
Campus Organizations: Student Volunteer Bureau, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Albion College Dance Team, Delta Gamma sorority
Why I chose Ford: The Ford Institute is a great way to get involved in not only the campus community but the Albion community as well. My love for assisting others and making a change in the world I live in was a large factor in choosing Ford. I also enjoy the idea of public service in politics that can shape other people's lives for the better.
Best part of being a Briton: Feeling as though you are part of one huge family. In every aspect of college life here, you always feel as though someone is behind you, supporting you. I always feel like I can count on someone, and I feel like I am needed and wanted here; that is not something you find in every college.
Post-graduation plans: After I graduate, I would like to take a year off and work for the Department of State in foreign affairs or for the Peace Corps. After that I would like to go to graduate school to further my education in international cultural studies and politics.
Favorite movie about my future career: Argo
Current issue/topic that is important to me: Currently, I am interested in the Middle East (specifically the Arab-Israeli conflict). As of now, I am trying to find programs to study abroad in Jordan and learn Arabic.