Office of the President
Welcome to Albion!
Albion College was founded on the frontier of Michigan Territory nearly 180 years ago with a single primary purpose: to enhance, enrich, and empower its community, benefiting those who made the bold decision to head west and find the best place to build better lives for themselves and their families.
Well into the 21st century, that purpose is just as relevant. We still imagine ourselves as a frontier college. The frontiers are different—driven by intellectual, societal, and technological forces—and our mission is much broader, but our founders' extraordinary efforts serve as a valuable guide. They confronted their challenges, and our community today is doing the same—like many communities across America facing similar challenges.
That means bold decisions must continue to be made, and Albion students, graduates, faculty, and staff together are doing just that. They are thoughtfully addressing the issues and making the decisions that not only are building our local and regional communities, but enriching society nationally and internationally.
In short, Albion College is an exciting place. Our students are learning 24/7—in the classroom and lab, in the professor’s office and on the playing field, and in the dining hall and dorm room. The uniquely American creation that is the residential liberal arts college is seen here every day through the close interactions between students and faculty, and it is reinforced by the discussion, debate, and critical thinking that is required not only to determine the many local, regional, and global challenges we face, but to tackle them—and solve them.
Indeed, the bigger the challenge, the greater the need for the liberal arts approach. The collective impact of Albion’s 23,000 alumni, who have found their vocation across all walks of life, stands as proof of the timeless techniques that have served them and our society well.
Another thing about our graduates: They are unusually fond of their alma mater. Continue to explore Albion College—both online and on campus—and you will begin to see why. Here’s a hint: It starts with community.
Mauri A. Ditzler
Thomas L. Ludington, '76
Professional Association: Judge, United States District Court - Eastern District of Michigan.
Education: Albion College. 1976, Cum Laude. University of San Diego School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1979.
The Honorable Thomas Ludington graduated from Albion College in 1976. Upon graduation, he continued his education, earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1979. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1979 in the State of California and in 1980 in the State of Michigan. Judge Ludington was nominated to the United States District Court by President George W. Bush in 2002 and commissioned in June 2006.
Prior to his appointment as judge, he practiced law with Currie and Kendall, P.C. from 1980 - 1995. He was then elected to the 42nd Circuit Court, State of Michigan and served as chief judge until his appointment to the federal bench.
In addition to his appointment, Judge Ludington has taught various classes in the fields of law and banking, bankruptcy and law office management. He has served on various boards including: Director of the Albion College Board of Trustees, Saginaw Valley State University Foundation and Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. He was also selected as Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Michigan State Bar Association. He presently serves on the U.S. Courts committee for the State Bar of Michigan.
Judge Ludington’s Albion College involvement includes: Student Senate, LAAW Camp Leadership Committee, Current Ford Institute Visiting Committee, 1991 National Leadership Conference, Mentor Program Volunteer, Member of National Campaign Committee and Regional Volunteer.
He and his wife, Katrina, have two sons, John and Christopher. The Ludingtons live in Sanford, Michigan.
Mr. Ludington serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
he believes the education he received at Albion made a significant contribution to the quality of his life and would like the College to continue its contribution to new students.