Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute
for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
B.A., 1985, University of Dayton
M.A., 1987, Miami University (Ohio) Office: 201B Robinson Hall
Appointed Director of the Ford Institute in 2013.
Patrick brings more than 20 years of public-sector experience to Albion, including top-level positions in state government, local government and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Patrick spent four years as finance director for the city of Toledo, Ohio, and his 11 years with the Ohio legislature included four years as minority chief of staff.
Patrick earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Dayton and his M.A. in Political Science from Miami University. He also holds a Certificate in not-for-profit management and fundraising from New York University. He has taught courses in American and international politics, global issues and philanthropy at institutions of higher education in Michigan, Ohio and New York.
Allan is an economics and management – accounting major. In particular, he likes Albion’s small classes where professors know all of the students individually. The E&M faculty has kept Allan on track academically, as he has been on the dean’s list every semester.
"The best part of the E&M department is the faculty and staff," he says. "They really go out of their way to help you succeed, whether in class or in life."
Albion's accounting courses helped Allan land two paid accounting internships: one with Willis and Jurasek, a small accounting firm in Jackson, the other with the Albion College Business Office. As part of the E&M department's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for two years, Allan has had the opportunity to work directly with clients in the Albion community.
Outside the classroom, Allan played for two years on the varsity football team and is currently president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and treasurer of the Accounting Society.
"As an E&M major, I have had great experiences and outstanding opportunities," he says.
Sarah chose Albion because she felt it had great programs in everything she was interested in—horses and academics. The small class sizes and the individual attention from professors helped make Albion a perfect fit.
A double major in economics and management and mathematics, Sarah is also a tutor for the Quantitative Studies Center and the E&M department. In addition, she is the research assistant for E&M department chair and professor Jon Hooks and has enjoyed taking several of his finance classes.
Sarah keeps a full schedule beyond her studies. She joined the Albion Fed Challenge team in 2012 and is very active at the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, where she is a member of the hunt seat team as well as the events chair for the Equestrian Club. Sarah also serves as president of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society, and completed an internship with Pfizer in Kalamazoo.
Heather is majoring in economics and management – finance and biology. In summer 2013 she interned at Goldman Sachs in New York, on the firm's Market Risk Infrastructure Team. A few months earlier, she attended the Governor’s Economic Summit in Detroit and was a panel speaker at the Governor’s Education Summit in East Lansing.
Honored as a sophomore and junior by Phi Beta Kappa, Heather has been a presenting member of Albion's nationally ranked Fed Challenge team for two years. She tutors in economics and accounting, and is an admission tour guide. Heather is also the current president of the Equestrian Club and a co-captain and three-year member of the hunt seat team. She is also a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society.
Heather likes the small homey feel that Albion has to offer. "You get to know faculty and staff personally and they care about your successes. The small setting also gives you many opportunities to get involved, which are both fun and a good résumé builder." Tying in her experience at Goldman Sachs, she adds that "Working closely with professors gives you an edge with talking to superiors. I know how to talk to professors because I have access to them, and that makes it easier to approach my supervisors with a question."