Lawrence B. Schook, '72
Professional Association: Vice President for Research, Senior Officer and Professor of Animal Sciences at University of Illinois.
Education: Albion College, 1972. Wayne State University, Master of Science and Ph.D,. Institute for Clinical Immunology, Switzerland and University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Training.
Lawrence Schook graduated from Albion College in 1973. He continued his studies earning his Master’s and Ph.D from Wayne State University, then completed his postdoctoral training at the Institute for Clinical Immunology in Switzerland, and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He currently serves as Vice President for Research, Senior Officer and Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois, serves on the Board of Governors for the Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories, and the National Academies of Science Institute for Laboratory Animal Research.
In addition to his successful academic studies, Mr. Schook has held several faculty positions in a number of institutions. In his current position at the University of Illinois, Mr. Schook is responsible for $1B in external research funding, and is recognized internationally in comparative genomics to further understanding of genetic diseases. He has also held appointments in bioengineering, nutritional sciences, and pathology. Mr. Schook has written over 200 published documents and edited six books.
His Albion College involvement includes: Men's Basketball, Sigma Nu, Student Senate, Admissions Volunteer, Past Class Agent, DAA Winner, 1997 Externship Mentor, Mentor Program Volunteer and National Volunteer Network.
Mr. Schook and his wife, Frances, reside in Champagne, IL. They have three grown children, Karl, Paul and Carolyn, and two grandchildren.
Mr. Schook serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
of his deep appreciation for how the liberal arts education has served both his personal and professional development, while providing the skills to be a global citizen and professional.
Samuel J. Shaheen, '88
Professional Association: Professor & Vice Chair of Surgical Disciplines, CMU College of Medicine.
Education: Albion College, 1988. University of Michigan, Doctor of Medicine, 1992. General Surgery Residency, Northwestern University, 1997.
Samuel J. Shaheen, MD, graduated from Albion College in 1988. Upon graduation, he continued his education, earning his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Michigan in 1992. He finished his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Shaheen currently serves as Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of Surgical Disciplines for CMU College of Medicine in Saginaw, Michigan.
Dr. Shaheen’s Albion College involvement includes: Board of Trustees, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Beta Kappa, Union Board President, Union Board Treasurer, Student Senate, SOAR Leader, Albion Fellow Recipient: Project 250 Award, Admissions Volunteer, Briton Career Connection, Current Career Development Volunteer, Current Enrollment Volunteer and National Volunteer Network.
Dr. Shaheen currently serves on numerous regional and local boards.
He and his wife, Holly, reside in Saginaw, Michigan with their three children, Natalie, Samuel and Adrienne.
Mr. Shaheen serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
he appreciates the formal and informal liberal arts education he received at Albion and wants to ensure that all students have an opportunity to experience it.
Paul D. Tobias, '73
Professional Association: Chairman, CEO Mackinac Financial Corporation & mBank.
Education: Albion College, 1973. Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan.
Paul Tobias graduated from Albion College in 1973. Upon graduation, he continued his education, earning his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Mr. Tobias currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Mackinac Financial Corporation and mBank.
Mr. Tobias’ Albion College involvement includes: Delta Tau Delta, Annual Fund Council, LAAW Camp Leadership Committee, Past Class Agent and Regional Volunteer.
He and his wife, Emily, have three children, Christine, James and Mary. The family resides in Bloomfield, Michigan.
Jeffrey D. Weedman, '75
Professional Association: Founder/CEO (Retired), Cintrifuse; VP Global Business Development (Retired), The Procter & Gamble Company.
Education: Albion College, 1975. Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan, 1977.
After graduation, Jeff joined The Procter & Gamble Company ultimately holding senior functional roles in Marketing, Sales and Finance. As VP/General Manager he ran consumer and institutional businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Jeff then founded and led P&G’s Global Business Development responsible for worldwide Acquisitions/Divestures, Trademark/Patent/IP Licensing and leading P&G’s Open Innovation platform (Connect & Develop). Jeff negotiated and lead the signing of deals every 2 ½ days for a decade with companies, individuals, universities and governments across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
As founder/CEO of Cintrifuse (on loan from P&G), Jeff led the creation of Cintrifuse, a Cincinnati based innovation network designed to make the region a global destination for high potential start-ups. Cintrifuse provides start-ups with preferred access to capital, space and most importantly customers. Supported by the business, academic and start-up communities, Cintrifuse has raised a $55MM+ Fund of Funds, which has already invested in top tier Venture firms with over $600MM in investable capital. He also secured a $16MM permanent mortgage free urban campus (Circa 1880’s) in the heart of Cincinnati’s urban renewal Over-The-Rhine core. Cintrifuse proactively connects start-ups with companies that could be beta customers, investors or acquirers, with VC 's with early stage capital and mentors/services.
At Albion College, Jeff’s activities included: Sigma Chi, Student Senate (President), Economics and History honoraries, Project 250 Award, Lacrosse (Club) and as a Recent Graduate Trustee. Currently, he serves on the Gerstacker External Advisory Board and Albion Colleges’ Board of Trustees.
Jeff and his wife, Cheri (Lee), ‘77, have two children and reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter: @theweed, and at www.linkedin.com/in/jeffweedmanventures/
Mr. Weedman serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
he wants to partially “pay back” the tremendous benefits he received from the faculty, fellow students and alumni. Albion College changed the trajectory of his life and “paying it forward” motivates his service.