Meet Our Students

Kim Tunnicliff Endowment

Kim TunnicliffKim Tunnicliff started his career at Albion College in 1984 when he became a faculty member in the Political Science Department. As director of the then-named Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service from 1985 to 1999, he placed a special emphasis on developing experiential and international educational experiences for college students. He was highly regarded by his academic colleagues both at Albion and beyond.

Kim's passionate belief in public service brought the level of opportunities for Ford students to new heights that have carried them forward to leadership positions all over the globe. This endowment was established by his family, former students, colleagues, and friends to celebrate his life and the widespread and enduring impact of his legacy at Albion College.

2014 Recipient

Utrata2smallDavid Utrata, ’15

David Utrata is a member of the Ford Institute and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. As Albion College's first-ever Kim Tunnicliff Fellow, David Utrata spent a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The CIEE Stellenbosch Sustainability and Community study abroad program engages students in a variety of sustainability-related issues that impact present-day South Africa. David will deliver a public presentation on campus summarizing his research in Spring 2015.

Andrew Kercher


Hometown/High School: Port Huron, MI; Port Huron Northern High School

Majors/Minors/Institutes: History and Philosophy Majors; Ford Institute

Campus Organizations: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, Nwagni Project

Why I Chose Ford: Ford allowed me to stay involved with my love for politics without having to devote so much time and classes to being a fully fledged Poli Sci major. It allowed me to be involved in the community and provided many opportunities and connections I would never otherwise had.

Internship: Historic Interpreter, Mackinac State Historic Parks

Post Grad Plans: I plan on going to grad school for museum studies, and I ultimately wish to stay employed in the museum field.


Tracks are one way Ford students can grow within a specific interest area. No additional for-credit course work is required.

Ford staff members consult students within each track and jointly decide on speakers, short courses, field trips, panel presentations and other means of expanding students’ skills in the chosen track. Through affiliations with outside businesses, organizations and institutions, students are placed in internships and volunteerships that provide hands-on knowledge.

Current tracks available to Ford students:

  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Foreign Policy and Human Rights
  • Non-Profits and Foundations
  • Pre-Law
  • Science and Health Care
  • State and Local Government
  • Urban Revitalization

Do you have an idea for a track? Please let us know!

Kyle Henry

Kyle Henry, '12

Hometown/High School: Almont, MI; Almont High School

Secondary Education English Major with Creative Writing, Political Science Minor; Ford Institute

Campus Organizations:
Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity

Why I chose Ford: I chose to join the Ford Institute because it presented me with a wide variety of career plans, even if I wasn't interested in pursuing public policy in the long run. Since I'm going into education, internships and volunteer service have opened my eyes to the importance of public service and how I can make a difference in certain areas. There's no way I would have obtained the same opportunities if I hadn't joined the Ford Institute.

Internship: Chosen as the first Joe Stroud Intern in Journalism and Policy. Worked at the Detroit Free Press, even writing editorial pieces for the paper.

Post Grad Plans: Ideally, I would move to Chicago and teach Secondary English in the downtown school districts. At the same time I would work towards a graduate degree and eventually teach collegiate level creative writing. My ultimate goal is to write for a living; short stories, freelance writing, and eventually novels.

Elizabeth Frankowski

Liz Frankowski, Albion College and Ford Institute Class of 2013Hometown: Washington, MI

Major/Minor/Institutes: Psychology/Political Science/Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

Campus Organizations: Student Senate, Albion Admissions Tour Guide and Management Team, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Student Alumni Association, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Pan-Hellenic Counsel, Mentoring Program with Harrington Elementary, International Honors Society in Psychology Psi Chi

Why I chose Ford: I joined the Ford Institute because I wanted to explore policy issues that are going on in today's society, learn how to analyze these topics, and build leadership experience that would benefit me for my future career as a politician.

Internship plans: I interned for the City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado in Miami Florida and for Miami-Dade School Board Member Raquel Regalado.

Post-graduation plans: Dual Program: Law School and Masters in Public Health

Favorite movie about my future career: To Kill a Mockingbird

Current issue/topic that is important to me: The current issue I am most passionate about is the health care reform policy. There are millions of Americans that need health care, but also there are many that take the system for granted. I believe there needs to be some sort of reform, but not to the extent of what is currently in place. Also, there are million of baby boomers that are going to be in need of care in the near future, but will have limited choices of who and when they can see a physician and what kind of treatment they can receive. This policy not only limits the choice of the baby boomer generation, but society as a whole. I believe it should be the patients' choice of what health care provider they should see.

Advisory Committees

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

Gerald Ford and Albion College

Gerald Ford

Gerald FordGerald Ford grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was a star athlete. He earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan, followed by a law degree from Yale in 1941. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander, afterward continuing law practice until the start of his political career in 1948 – the same year that he married Elizabeth “Betty” Bloomer. Ford was an Albion College trustee from 1963 to 1968 while he was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was chosen as House Minority Leader in 1965. He dedicated the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service* in 1977, soon after serving as the thirty-eighth president of the United States following the resignation of Richard Nixon.

Ford believed in ethical leadership and cooperation among those with differing political ideologies, in order to promote healthy and positive progress for our nation. In creating the Ford Institute at Albion, he entrusted to us the responsibility of fostering growth in our future leaders.

For more biographical information about Gerald Ford, visit the following websites:

Ford Institute Director Patrick McLean: “Forty years later, appreciating President Ford’s leadership”

*Since its dedication, the name has changed to the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

Amy Everhart

Amy Everhart, Coordinator, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

Coordinator, Gerald R. Ford Institute
for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

B.A., 2008, Albion College
M.A. in progress, Michigan State University

Office: 201 Robinson Hall
Phone: 517/629-0368

Amy Everhart, '08, graduated from Albion College with a major in English Secondary Education, minor in Political Science Secondary Education, and a concentration in Public Policy and Service through the Ford Institute. A student of the Honors Institute, she conducted research, wrote, and presented a thesis entitled "Educators' Roles in Child Abuse Intervention." Upon graduating in December of 2008 after the completion of student teaching, she joined AmeriCorps*VISTA. At the Boys &Girls Club of Corvallis (Corvallis, OR) for 1.5 years – the first year as a full-time VISTA volunteer and the remainder as a staff member – she contributed to marketing, public relations, and resource development efforts. She has since worked at Linn-Benton Community College (Albany, OR) and most recently as Licensure and Placement Specialist for the Oregon State University College of Education.

Chelsea Denault

Chelsea Denault, '12

Hometown/High School: Clinton Township, MI; Chippewa Valley High School

History Major, Spanish and Journalism Minor; Ford Institute and Honors Program

Campus Organizations:
Kappa Kappa Psi Band fraternity, Delta Gamma Sorority, British Eighth Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Student Senate, and Model United Nations

Why I Chose Ford: I've always been very interested in politics and the effect that political events have had on American history.  The Ford Institute offered a great opportunity for me to immerse myself in the politics and get first-hand experience in its process.  I've also been very devoted to service, mostly in my own community, and Ford allowed me to become involved with service at a state and even a national level.  The biggest selling point for me was the required internship that all Fordies must complete- it's a great opportunity that I wouldn't have been able to have if I had gone to a big state school.

Internship Plans: I hope to intern at the Library of Congress or at the Senate Historian's Office because it would allow me to work with both historical archives and congressional research teams.  I would get the experience I need in history and politics at the same time.

Post Grad Plans: I would really like to go to graduate school for history and perhaps get a job writing for a newspaper on the side.  Afterwards, I will hopefully have a job either teaching at a college and writing books or working at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, or the Senate Historian's Office.

Read more about Chelsea with the Sleight Leadership Fellows program!
Denault Reflects on Revitalizing the Motor City

Michael Albani

Michael Albani, Albion College and Ford Institute Class of 2013Hometown: Roseville, MI

Major/Minor/Institutes: English with Creative Writing Emphasis, History (double major)/ Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

Campus Organizations: Student Senate, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Alpha Delta, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, WLBN Radio, British Eighth Marching Band

Why I chose Ford: The Ford Institute offered me a unique experience I could not find at any other college. As someone not going into political science, it allowed me the chance to still explore my passions for public policy and service and the opportunity to both network with and debate individuals with a wide range of political ideologies.

Internship plans: During the summer I interned in the District Office of Congressman Sander Levin from Michigan's 12th District.

Post-graduation plans: I plan to attend law school.

Favorite movie about my future profession: My Cousin Vinny

Current issue/topic that is important to me: The issue I'm most passionate about is mountaintop removal mining. Coming from a lineage of coal miners myself, I have to say that I am disgusted by the effects that mountaintop removal has had not only on the environments but also on Appalachian communities much like the one my mother grew up in. I believe that coal should not have the near-monopoly it currently has on American electricity production. I believe we need to invest more in alternative forms of energy.

Patrick A. McLean

patrick-mclean-100Director, 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

Phone: 517/629-0359

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)

Institute Staff

Patrick McLean, Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and ServicePatrick A. McLean, Director
B.A., 1985, University of Dayton
M.A., 1987, Miami University (Ohio)

Office: 201B Robinson Hall
Phone: 517/629-0359

Eddie Visco, Associate Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and ServiceEddie Visco, Associate Director
B.A., 2004, Albion College;
M.Ed., 2006, Chestnut Hill College

Office: 201A Robinson Hall
Phone: 517/629-0328

Amy Everhart, Coordinator, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and ServiceAmy Everhart, Coordinator
B.A., 2008, Albion College

Office: 201A Robinson Hall
Phone: 517/629-0368

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Robert M. Teeter Research Fellowship Endowment

The endowment supports a summer research project for a Robert M. Teeter Fellow. The research project is coordinated through the Ford Institute and the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA).

The selection of the Fellow is made by the director of FURSCA in consultation with the director of the Ford Institute or other faculty members as deemed appropriate by the director.

This endowment is a fitting tribute to Robert M. Teeter (1939-2004), one of America's most respected public opinion researchers and a 1961 graduate of Albion College. Read about Teeter's career on The Washington Post's website.

Read about Teeter recipient Alena Farooq, ’18, and her research of Albion’s city parks

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