August 19, 2013
More than 160 faculty, staff and other well-wishers gathered in the Science Complex atrium August 18 for a Recognition Ceremony for Mike Frandsen, who will serve as Albion College's interim president for the 2013-14 academic year. Frandsen, who came to Albion in 1994 as an economics and management faculty member, directed the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management for four years before being named vice president for finance and administration in 2009.
Don Sheets, ’82, president of the Albion College Board of Trustees, noted that “our reason for being here today, at its most personal and intimate is that we love this place, this College, this community.” Sheets went on to detail the College’s responsibilities to the greater Albion community and its educational mission. “Mike, I entrust my alma mater to you and your stewardship,” Sheets concluded. “All of us working together will continue to make Albion College an exceptional center of learning.”
Frandsen asserted that “we are one College, collectively and individually the Albion Advantage,” explaining his vision of “Community Squared.” Frandsen committed himself to improving communications and cooperation between campus departments as well as between the College and City of Albion.
“I believe the sort of education we provide is the best education possible,” he said. “But to realize the true promise of an education like ours, it must be delivered by a community together. It is not just about a major, an institute, an internship or a co-curricular activity. It’s about living and learning together: faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community in which we reside. It is only when all of those things work together consistently and intentionally, that we can realize the full promise of an Albion education.”
While noting that his four years of working with Albion’s board gave him excellent preparation for many presidential responsibilities, Frandsen also asked for patience as he tackled his new role. Still, he said, “as I told my students for many years, the best job is the one in which you learn the most. In that measure, I have a great job.”