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.
Jeffrey A. Ott, '86
Professional Association: Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Attorneys at Law.
Education: B.A., Albion College, Summa Cum Laude, 1986. J.D., University of Michigan, Cum Laude, 1989.
Jeffrey Ott graduated from Albion College in 1986, where he majored in Economics and Management, and also German. He was a member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Michigan where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence. Mr. Ott is currently a partner and practices law with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, specializing in securities, banking, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. Mr. Ott has represented large publicly traded and privately held companies, including: Chemical Financial Corporation; Firth Third Bancorp and Old Kent Financial Corporation; Spartan Stores, Inc.; Wolverine World Wide, Inc.; Guardsman Products, Tnc.; Haworth, lnc.; Howard Miller Clock Company; and Traxys North America.
For his successful career in law, Mr. Ott has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for Banking and Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law, was named Best Lawyers in America's 2013 Grand Rapids Financial Services Regulation Lawyer of the Year, and was named to Michigan Super Lawyers in 2010.
Mr. Ott's Albion College experience includes: Member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service; Albion College Player; Phi Beta Kappa, Albion College Fellow; Omicron Delta Kappa; Omicron Delta Epsilon; Mortar Board; Recipient of Project 250 Leadership Award; Station Manager for Albion College's radio station WLBN; Member of the International House residential dorm House Council; Statistics Tutor; Career Development Volunteer, Admissions and Institutional Advancement Volunteer; and Member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute Visiting Committee from 1988 until 2009.
Mr. Ott and his wife, Mary Ann Sabo, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has one son, Alexander.
Mr. Ott serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
he believes his Albion College experience was fundamental to his success in his profession and community involvement. Mr. Ott would like to preserve and promote the Albion College experience so that future generations can achieve similar success and pride in their communities.
Lawrence B. Schook, '72
Professional Association: Vice President for Research, Senior Officer and Professor of Animal Sciences at University of Illinois.
Education: Albion College, 1972. Wayne State University, Master of Science and Ph.D,. Institute for Clinical Immunology, Switzerland and University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Training.
Lawrence Schook graduated from Albion College in 1973. He continued his studies earning his Master’s and Ph.D from Wayne State University, then completed his postdoctoral training at the Institute for Clinical Immunology in Switzerland, and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He currently serves as Vice President for Research, Senior Officer and Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois, serves on the Board of Governors for the Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories, and the National Academies of Science Institute for Laboratory Animal Research.
In addition to his successful academic studies, Mr. Schook has held several faculty positions in a number of institutions. In his current position at the University of Illinois, Mr. Schook is responsible for $1B in external research funding, and is recognized internationally in comparative genomics to further understanding of genetic diseases. He has also held appointments in bioengineering, nutritional sciences, and pathology. Mr. Schook has written over 200 published documents and edited six books.
His Albion College involvement includes: Men's Basketball, Sigma Nu, Student Senate, Admissions Volunteer, Past Class Agent, DAA Winner, 1997 Externship Mentor, Mentor Program Volunteer and National Volunteer Network.
Mr. Schook and his wife, Frances, reside in Champagne, IL. They have three grown children, Karl, Paul and Carolyn, and two grandchildren.
Mr. Schook serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
of his deep appreciation for how the liberal arts education has served both his personal and professional development, while providing the skills to be a global citizen and professional.