From Latin scholar to Broadway producer.
- Albion gave me the structured freedom that allowed me to discover my career.
In high school, he lacked direction.
At Grosse Pointe High School, Michael was a student who excelled in the subjects he liked, but couldn’t imagine how they’d connect to what he’d eventually do in life. He was part of the drama club, sang in the choir, and played football. He knew what inspired him, but he didn’t see how his interests could lead to a clear career path.
At Albion, he discovered his passion.
Michael signed up for the activities and classes that intrigued him. He loved studying classical languages and literature, and found himself with a speech communication major. Through Anthony Taffs’ music class, he furthered his love of music, and his passion for the theatre began when he took to the Albion stage in Solid Gold Cadillac. When he graduated, two Albion professors encouraged him to apply to Yale’s prestigious drama school.
For the past 40 years, he's been taking Broadway by storm.
Now, more than 50 Tony Awards later, Michael has taken his passion for theatre to the next level. He’s produced more than 300 plays and musicals in New York, including some of Broadway’s most beloved shows, such as Jersey Boys, 42nd Street, Titanic, The King and I, and Tommy, and his production of Vanities holds the record as the longest-running play in Off-Broadway history.
Take It Further: Theatre, Communication Studies
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From FURSCA to physician.
- Albion helped me achieve balance.
In high school, Mike was uncertain about his goals.
As a high school student, Mike was thinking about going into medicine, but wasn’t completely sure of his direction. When looking at colleges, he had two criteria: he wanted to stay in Michigan, and he wanted to attend a smaller school. Weighing his options, he chose Albion for its exceptional pre-med program and the strength of its liberal arts education.
At Albion, he discovered his calling.
Mike knew a career in medicine was right for him when he shadowed a cardiothoracic surgeon (who happened to be an Albion graduate) during open-heart surgery. Through the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA), he also conducted biological research in Nova Scotia. He began to develop his leadership skills, participating in a host of community service projects at Albion. Between his studies and his many activities, Mike was busy, but he credits Albion with helping him keep everything in balance.
And now, he’s helping build better communities.
Mike is now chief resident with the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine, but his priority is giving back to the community. He was the recipient of the Karmanos Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award as a medical student, and as a resident currently spends time taking care of patients in teen health clinics and performing school physicals in the Ann Arbor area.
Take It Further: Biology, Pre-Medicine, FURSCA
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From student council to corporate counsel.
- Albion is the best educational and life experience a young person can have.
Keith was always passionate about public service.
As a student at Woodhaven High School, Keith excelled in his accounting and business law courses. But what really inspired him were his leadership roles as class president and student body president. After graduation, Keith wanted to continue studying public service and government, while also studying business management. He chose Albion for its Ford Institute, small class sizes, and reputation as a preeminent liberal arts institution.
At Albion, he got real leadership experience.
As a member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Keith had a first-year course in which students served as a city council, debating and addressing real-world issues. He wielded real power as vice president of the Student Senate, which controlled the student activities budget. Through his philosophy courses, he enjoyed a different sort of debate—tackling questions of human behavior and rational thought.
Today, he’s putting his education and experience to work.
Keith continued on to the University of Wisconsin Law School, and today he serves as corporate counsel for Masco Corporation, the nation’s largest manufacturer of home improvement goods. He credits his Albion education for making him the writer, the leader, and the thinker he is today.
Take It Further: Ford Institute, Pre-Law
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From basketball captain to presidential advisor.
- Albion teaches you how to rigorously think through issues and solve problems.
Marty worked hard in high school.
Marty grew up in a tough neighborhood and had to overcome many obstacles. But through his determination and competitive spirit, he earned a scholarship to a prestigious high school. The school’s recommendation letter read, “To say that Marty Nesbitt cares, is emotionally involved in his school, his coaches and teachers, is the most classic of understatements.” And when he was searching for a college where he could continue to make an impact, he chose Albion.
At Albion, he became a strong leader.
He maintained his competitive streak at Albion, both in the classroom and on the court, where he served as co-captain of the basketball team. He became a member of what is now the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management and landed an internship at Deloitte, a leading public accounting firm. Through these experiences, Marty discovered his ability to lead and inspire others.
Today, he's part of a powerful group.
Early in his career, Marty became a close friend and confidant of a young Barack Obama, and went on to serve as advisor and treasurer for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago—which he attended on a full-tuition scholarship—and after more than a decade leading The Parking Spot, a $400-million airport parking company he founded, he has launched The Vistria Group, a private equity firm focused on the education, healthcare and financial-services industries.
Take It Further: Marty's feature in the Chicago Tribune, Economics and Management, Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
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