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, Professor, Department of Political Science
B.A., 1981, & J.D., 1987, University of Toledo; Ph.D., 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Gregory Saltzman, Professor, Department of 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, Adjunct 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
Craig Kirby, ’85, Managing Director, Savannah LLC
Patrick A. McLean
Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute
for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
B.A., 1985, University of Dayton
M.A., 1987, Miami University (Ohio)
M.A., 2015, Freie Universität Berlin
Office: 201B Robinson Hall
Q&A with Patrick McLean
Patrick on Ford’s Legacy
"If there’s one word that is used to describe President Ford, it’s integrity. He believed that in order to get things done for the American people, leaders had to be willing to roll up their sleeves and work with people of all political stripes to get the job done, and that’s what he did."
The Ford Institute is unique because...
"We’re open to all majors and we seek to provide our students with an understanding of public policies and processes, and how those policies affect their field of interest. The Ford Institute is designed to help give students the various skills they need to be able to cross interdisciplinary boundaries."
On what type of student should consider the Ford Institute
"The Ford Institute is great for anyone with a passion for community service, or a desire to understand how policies get made at any level of government."
When not in his office, you might find Patrick...
"Studying German with Dr. Perry Myers, as I’m a strong believer in lifelong learning. You might also find me down watching a soccer game, or even playing!"
Patrick's personal journey
"I spent about 25 years doing public policy and also worked as an adjunct professor. I’ve seen the public policy arena from a lot of different vantage points, which gives me an opportunity to bring the world of a practitioner into the classroom for my students."
Why Patrick came from Ohio to Albion
"When I was graduating high school, I was stuck choosing between the University of Dayton and Albion College. I went to Dayton (it was closer to home) and for the last 30 years I’ve wondered what would have happened had I come to Albion. When this job opened up, I knew within 60 seconds of reading the job description that I would really enjoy doing this. It was like a second bite at the apple."
At the end of the day, Patrick will have done his job if...
"I can convey to students the range of their possibilities. I hope to make them realize that the decisions they make today have the power to influence them and the world in a very positive way if they’re thoughtful about what they do. It might not necessarily be easy, so it’s about providing them with the right mix of support and challenges."
Patrick's Best Advice
"Work hard, get back on the horse when you fall off, and show up."
A Look Back on Gerald Ford's Legacy, 40 Years Later (Michigan Radio)
Forty Years Later, Appreciating President Ford's Leadership (Bridge Magazine)
Associate Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute
for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
B.A., 2004, Albion College
M.Ed., 2006, Chestnut Hill College
Appointed Associate Director of the Ford Institute in 2011.
Office: 201A Robinson Hall
Ford Institute courses taught:
- Introduction to Public Policy (PBSV 101)
- Senior Colloquium (PBSV 397)
Eddie Visco, '04, graduated from Albion College majoring in political science and speech/communication. He also graduated with a concentration in the Ford Institute. Upon graduation, Eddie joined Teach for America and taught seventh-grade English and American history in Philadelphia. During this time he earned his Masters of Education from Chestnut Hill College. After his commitment ended he returned to Michigan and worked on the campaign of Mark Schauer for Congress, serving as his traveling assistant. Following the election victory, Eddie worked in Congressman Schauer's district office in Jackson as his Constituent Services Representative.