Faith Fowler, '81
Professional Association: Senior Pastor of Cass Community Methodist Church, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services.
Education: Degree, Albion College, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981. Master of Divinity from the Boston University School of Theology. Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Rev. Faith Fowler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College in 1981. She received a Master of Divinity degree from the Boston University School of Theology and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Rev. Fowler has served as the Senior Pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and currently serves as Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) since 1994. As chief executive for CCSS, Fowler oversees fiscal, administrative and program development for a human service agency that works with the hungry, homeless, seniors, unemployed, at-risk youth, mentally ill, developmentally disabled, persons with HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's, and operates two free medical clinics. In addition to her church involvement, Rev. Fowler serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Michigan - Dearborn.
Beyond her work at CCSS, Rev. Fowler has served as a board member for the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation, advisory board member of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, the General Board of Church and Society in Washington, D.C., and is the Chair of Detroit's Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Community Advisory Committee.
Her Albion College involvement included: PBK, Band, Pleiad, Pi Beta Phi, Recipient of Project 250, and DAA. She currently serves on the Detroit Chapter Committee.
Rev. Fowler has received numerous professional accolades including a Detroit Free Press Green Leader Award in 2010.
Her interests include reading, running, the environment and travel. Fowler has finished the Boston Marathon four times and has traveled extensively. Rev. Fowler currently lives in Detroit, Michigan.
Michael J. Harrington, '85
Professional Association: Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Global Operations for Eli Lilly & Company.
Education: Degree, Albion College, 1985. Doctor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University School of Law.
In 1991, Mr. Harrington joined Lilly and currently serves as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Pharmaceutical Operations. He is responsible for five global business units: Oncology, Emerging Markets, Animal Health, Bio-Medicines and Diabetes.
In addition to working from Lilly’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mr. Harrington has also lived and worked in New Zealand and Singapore. He serves on a number of boards including: Board and Executive Committee for Lawyers for Civil Justice and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Harrington is also a board member of the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
His Albion College involvement includes: Delta Tau Delta, PBK, Albion Fellow, Admission Volunteers and National Volunteer Network.
Mr. Harrington and his wife, Judy, live in Zionsville, Indiana with their children David, Ellen and Jacob.
Deborah L. Kiesey
Professional Association: Resident Bishop for the Michigan Area United Methodist Church
Education: Morningside College, Religion and Piano Performance (Honors), 1973. Boston University School of Theology, Masters of Divinity, 1976.
Deborah Lieder Kiesey graduated with honors from Morningside College in 1973, with degrees in Religion and Piano Performance. For her successful efforts, Bishop Kiesey was named Outstanding Alumna of the Year for Morningside College in 2004. While a student at Boston University School of Theology, she felt a calling to the ordained ministry and earned her Master of Divinity degree in 1976. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Boston University School of Theology in 2013.
Ordained Deacon in 1974 and Elder in 1977, she served the following churches in the Iowa Annual Conference: Richland & Ollie, Washington (Associate), Mt. Pleasant (Senior Pastor), and Iowa City (Senior Pastor). In 2001 she was appointed to the Waterloo District, and served there until her election to the episcopacy.
Bishop Kiesey was elected to serve as a delegate to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1988, and was the first elected clergy from the Iowa Annual Conference in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. Throughout her ministry she has had the privilege of serving on a wide range of committees and boards, including the Board of Fellows, University of Iowa School of Religion, the Board of Trustees for Iowa Wesleyan College, Morningside College and Dakota Wesleyan University, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women from 1992 – 2000, and on the General Board of Church and Society from 2004 – 2012, serving as President of that Board from 2008 – 2012.
She has received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Iowa Wesleyan College (in 2004) and Dakota Wesleyan University (in 2012).
Bishop Kiesey was elected to the Episcopacy in 2004, and was assigned as Resident Bishop of the Dakotas Area of the United Methodist Church, serving there until 2012, when she was assigned as the Resident Bishop for the Michigan Area United Methodist Church.
Bishop Kiesey and her husband D. Bradley Kiesey, an attorney from Washington, Iowa, have two adult sons, Joel and Aaron.
Bishop Kiesey serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
I want to do what I can to strengthen the connection between our United Methodist affiliated schools and the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church. I believe a strong bond will strengthen not only the college, but our local churches and the annual conference as a whole.
R. Daniel Musser III, '86
Professional Association: President, Grand Hotel
Education: B.A., Albion College, 1986. Honorary Doctorate of Business, Northern Michigan University, 2012.
R. Daniel Musser, III graduated from Albion College in 1986. Mr. Musser currently serves as the Owner and Operator of the Grand Hotel, a 386-room historic hotel built in 1887 on Mackinac Island. Following in his family's footsteps, Dan represents the third generation of Musser family ownership of the Grand Hotel - the world's largest summer resort.
In addition to overseeing the hotel, Mr. Musser is a leader in the hospitality industry and is actively serving the community in many ways. In addition to serving as the Trustee at Albion College, some notable positions include Trustee on the Michigan Colleges Foundation Board, President of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, member of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, Board Member of the Michigan Retailers Association, past Chairman of the Resort Committee of the American Hotel and lodging Association, Board Member of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, and Chairman of the Mackinac Island Conventions and Visitor Bureau.
Mr. Musser's Albion College experience includes membership in Delta Tau Delta and the 1991National Leadership Conference.
Mr. Musser lives on Mackinac Island during the summer season. For the remainder of the year, he lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Marlee Brown, and their five children, Amelia, Robert, Matilda, Samuel and Cecelia.
Mr. Musser serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
he feels strongly about giving back to his alma mater and as a business owner and operator, it is an honor to help those who will be the next generation of leaders. Particularly, in this ever-changing environment and society, to assist and be involved with the college board can only help in working towards the end goal of helping our graduating students maximize and fulfill their potential, which of course, ultimately and most importantly, is in our graduating students' best interest.