Jennifer Tagg, '13, (right) with Michigan State Representative Kate Segal.
Nathaniel Love, '13, with Dennis Cawthorne, '62, of Lansing lobbying firm Kelley Cawthorne.
Paige Narins, '13, (right) spoke at the 2013 Governor's Education Summit. Fellow Albion student Heather Waldron, '14, (left) also participated.
Alex Seasock, '13, studied abroad for a semester in Grenoble, France.
Ford Institute seniors visited the C-SPAN studios as part of the 2013 Washington, D.C. trip.
Ford students in Detroit during the January Sleight Leadership Fellows Program. Read more
Are you interested in making an impact on your community, your city, your world? Are you motivated to go beyond the surface and what is "required" to learn more regarding topics you feel passionate about? Are you committed to serving others to improve their reality?
The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service has more than 130 student members from a broad range of majors and minors. Through the Institute, students can pursue a major in public policy or a concentration in public policy and service. An internship or off-campus experience is typically part of the program.
Albion College faculty across a range of academic disciplines are specially chosen to teach Ford Institute courses. We encourage you to explore the Ford Institute website to learn more about our offerings and how we can help you make that impact.
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The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service exists to enhance student awareness, understanding, and appreciation of life’s public dimensions. It strives to develop leaders and engaged citizens who understand the competing and conflicting interests of our world and the ability to advocate for the greater good.
The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service will enable every student to engage as leaders in public policy and service, from grassroots advocacy to political office, regardless of chosen profession. Beginning with the foundation of a liberal arts education, the Institute draws on its core values of excellence in teaching, challenging internship opportunities, and instilling a foundation of ethical and meaningful service to one’s communities to achieve this end.
The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service serves as a bridge between the classroom and real world. It supports the transition of our students as they begin to apply their studies to long-term career and life goals. To this end, its fundamental objectives are to:
- Actualize the integrity and ideals expounded by Gerald R. Ford throughout his career and service to people across the world,
- Develop leadership skills to achieve collaborative relationships in a world of competing interests,
- Provide students diverse opportunities to broaden their thinking and understanding of our global society through dialogues and internships with local, regional, national and international entities in public policy and service,
- Experience the opportunities, challenges, and satisfaction of providing service to one’s communities,
- Enhance our understanding of historical and current events through interaction with other students, faculty, colleagues, the community, guest lecturers, and visiting scholars,
- Engage in meaningful research that will inform the policy and service communities, and
- Enhance our understanding of the contributions made by Gerald Ford and how the Institute can continue his legacy of egalitarian leadership.
Gerald Ford and Albion College
Gerald 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
Graduation Year: 1989
Current Position: Senior Director, Northeast State Government Relations
Dwayne Kratt is a government affairs and corporate communications professional with a portfolio that has included electoral politics, issue/reputation management, media relations, government affairs, litigation/crisis communications, opinion research, advocacy advertising, grassroots mobilization, and stakeholder relations.
After graduating from Albion College in 1989 with a double major in Political Science and History, Dwayne worked on his first political campaign in Warren, Michigan. Following another campaign in 1990, his career took him to New Jersey and then Washington, D.C. During this time period, he worked on several political campaigns, in the NJ Legislature and in Congress for Representative John Boehner.
Following a stint with Powell Tate, a public affairs firm founded by Jody Powell, President Carter's press secretary, and Sheila Tate, press secretary for First Lady Nancy Reagan, Dwayne returned to the Midwest, first to Michigan and then to Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, he worked for Miller Brewing Company in government relations and also became active in the Milwaukee School Choice program through his service as School Board President at St. Marcus Lutheran School.
Dwayne now works for Diageo, a leading brewer, vintner and distiller of adult beverages, and resides in Milford, CT, with his wife Stacy and daughter Christina. He also serves on the Board for the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.
"Albion College, and the Ford Institute in particular, provided an environment that fostered lively political and policy debate among both students and faculty. This atmosphere nurtured what ultimately became my career track into electoral politics, government relations and community service."