Advisory Committees

Internal Advisory Committee Members and Affiliated Faculty

Jon Hooks, Chair and Professor, Department of Economics and Management
B.S., 1984, Cameron University; M.A., 1985, University of Texas, Dallas; PhD, 1989, Michigan State University

Bindu Madhok, Chair and John W. Porter Endowed Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
B.A., 1983, University of Calcutta; Ph.D., 1990, Brown University

William Rose, Professor, Department of Political Science
B.A., 1981, & J.D., 1987, University of Toledo; Ph.D., 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Gregory Saltzman, Professor, Department of Economics and Management
S.B., S.M., 1976, MIT; Ph.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kyle Shanton, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Education
B.A., 1985 University of Iowa; M.A., 1990; Ph.D., 1998, University of Arizona

Douglas White, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
B.S., 1976, Pennsylvania State University; M.S., 1978, University of Tennessee; Ph.D., 1989, Rutgers University

External Advisory Committee Members

Joseph Calvaruso, ’78, Executive Director, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

Raymond Davis, ’84, Attorney, Thrun Law Firm, P.C.

Herold “Mac” Deason, ’64, Attorney, Bodman PLC, Detroit

Brett Decker, ’93, Consulting Director, White House Writers Group

Leslee Fritz, ’94, Director of Public Affairs & Administrative Services, Michigan Department of Civil Rights

George Heartwell, ’71, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan

David Hogg, ’69, Retired District Court Judge, 84th District, Michigan

Paul Huth, ’77, Attorney, Paul H Huth PC

Craig Kirby, ’85, Managing Director, Savannah LLC

Patrick A. McLean

patrick-mclean-100Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute
for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

B.A., 1985, University of Dayton
M.A., 1987, Miami University (Ohio)
M.A., 2015, Freie Universität Berlin
Office: 201B Robinson Hall

Phone: 517/629-0359

Q&A with Patrick McLean

Patrick on Ford’s Legacy

"If there’s one word that is used to describe President Ford, it’s integrity. He believed that in order to get things done for the American people, leaders had to be willing to roll up their sleeves and work with people of all political stripes to get the job done, and that’s what he did."

The Ford Institute is unique because...

"We’re open to all majors and we seek to provide our students with an understanding of public policies and processes, and how those policies affect their field of interest. The Ford Institute is designed to help give students the various skills they need to be able to cross interdisciplinary boundaries."

On what type of student should consider the Ford Institute

"The Ford Institute is great for anyone with a passion for community service, or a desire to understand how policies get made at any level of government."

When not in his office, you might find Patrick...

"Studying German with Dr. Perry Myers, as I’m a strong believer in lifelong learning. You might also find me down watching a soccer game, or even playing!"

Patrick's personal journey

"I spent about 25 years doing public policy and also worked as an adjunct professor. I’ve seen the public policy arena from a lot of different vantage points, which gives me an opportunity to bring the world of a practitioner into the classroom for my students."

Why Patrick came from Ohio to Albion

"When I was graduating high school, I was stuck choosing between the University of Dayton and Albion College. I went to Dayton (it was closer to home) and for the last 30 years I’ve wondered what would have happened had I come to Albion. When this job opened up, I knew within 60 seconds of reading the job description that I would really enjoy doing this. It was like a second bite at the apple."

At the end of the day, Patrick will have done his job if...

"I can convey to students the range of their possibilities. I hope to make them realize that the decisions they make today have the power to influence them and the world in a very positive way if they’re thoughtful about what they do. It might not necessarily be easy, so it’s about providing them with the right mix of support and challenges."

Patrick's Best Advice

"Work hard, get back on the horse when you fall off, and show up."


A Look Back on Gerald Ford's Legacy, 40 Years Later (Michigan Radio)

Forty Years Later, Appreciating President Ford's Leadership (Bridge Magazine)

Institute Staff

Patrick McLean, Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and ServicePatrick A. McLean, Director
B.A., 1985, University of Dayton
M.A., 1987, Miami University (Ohio)

Office: 201B Robinson Hall
Phone: 517/629-0359

Eddie Visco, Associate Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and ServiceEddie Visco, Associate Director
B.A., 2004, Albion College;
M.Ed., 2006, Chestnut Hill College

Office: 201A Robinson Hall
Phone: 517/629-0328

Hilary Hernandez Anthony, CoordinatorHilary Hernandez Anthony, Coordinator
B.A., 2002, Western Michigan University

Office: 201 Robinson Hall
Phone: 517/629-0368

Eddie Visco

Eddie Visco, associate director, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and ServiceAssociate Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute
for Leadership in Public Policy and Service

B.A., 2004, Albion College
M.Ed., 2006, Chestnut Hill College
Appointed Associate Director of the Ford Institute in 2011.

Office: 201A Robinson Hall
Phone: 517/629-0328

Ford Institute courses taught:

  • Introduction to Public Policy (PBSV 101)
  • Senior Colloquium (PBSV 397)

Eddie Visco, '04, graduated from Albion College majoring in political science and speech/communication. He also graduated with a concentration in the Ford Institute. Upon graduation, Eddie joined Teach for America and taught seventh-grade English and American history in Philadelphia. During this time he earned his Masters of Education from Chestnut Hill College. After his commitment ended he returned to Michigan and worked on the campaign of Mark Schauer for Congress, serving as his traveling assistant. Following the election victory, Eddie worked in Congressman Schauer's district office in Jackson as his Constituent Services Representative.

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