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Samuel J. Shaheen, '88

samuel-shaheen-trustee-80Professional Association: Professor & Vice Chair of Surgical Disciplines, CMU College of Medicine.

Education: Albion College, 1988. University of Michigan, Doctor of Medicine, 1992. General Surgery Residency, Northwestern University, 1997.

Samuel J. Shaheen, MD, graduated from Albion College in 1988. Upon graduation, he continued his education, earning his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Michigan in 1992. He finished his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Shaheen currently serves as Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of Surgical Disciplines for CMU College of Medicine in Saginaw, Michigan.

Dr. Shaheen’s Albion College involvement includes: Board of Trustees, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Beta Kappa, Union Board President, Union Board Treasurer, Student Senate, SOAR Leader, Albion Fellow Recipient: Project 250 Award, Admissions Volunteer, Briton Career Connection, Current Career Development Volunteer, Current Enrollment Volunteer and National Volunteer Network.

Dr. Shaheen currently serves on numerous regional and local boards.

He and his wife, Holly, reside in Saginaw, Michigan with their three children, Natalie, Samuel and Adrienne.

Mr. Shaheen serves as an Albion College Trustee because…

he appreciates the formal and informal liberal arts education he received at Albion and wants to ensure that all students have an opportunity to experience it.


Paul D. Tobias, '73

paul-tobias-trustee-80Professional Association: Chairman, CEO Mackinac Financial Corporation & mBank.

Education: Albion College, 1973. Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan.

Paul Tobias graduated from Albion College in 1973. Upon graduation, he continued his education, earning his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Mr. Tobias currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Mackinac Financial Corporation and mBank.

Mr. Tobias’ Albion College involvement includes: Delta Tau Delta, Annual Fund Council, LAAW Camp Leadership Committee, Past Class Agent and Regional Volunteer.

He and his wife, Emily, have three children, Christine, James and Mary. The family resides in Bloomfield, Michigan.

Jeffrey D. Weedman, '75

jeffrey-weedman-trustee-80Professional Association: Founder/CEO (Retired), Cintrifuse; VP Global Business Development (Retired), The Procter & Gamble Company.

Education: Albion College, 1975. Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan, 1977.

After graduation, Jeff joined The Procter & Gamble Company ultimately holding senior functional roles in Marketing, Sales and Finance. As VP/General Manager he ran consumer and institutional businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Jeff then founded and led P&G's Global Business Development responsible for worldwide Acquisitions/Divestures, Trademark/Patent/IP Licensing and leading P&G's Open Innovation platform (Connect & Develop). Jeff negotiated and lead the signing of deals every 2 ½ days for a decade with companies, individuals, universities and governments across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

As founder/CEO of Cintrifuse (on loan from P&G), Jeff led the creation of Cintrifuse, a Cincinnati based innovation network designed to make the region a global destination for high potential start-ups. Cintrifuse provides start-ups with preferred access to capital, space and most importantly customers. Supported by the business, academic and start-up communities, Cintrifuse has raised a $55MM+ Fund of Funds, which has already invested in top tier Venture firms with over $600MM in investable capital. He also secured a $16MM permanent mortgage free urban campus (Circa 1880's) in the heart of Cincinnati's urban renewal Over-The-Rhine core. Cintrifuse proactively connects start-ups with companies that could be beta customers, investors or acquirers, with VC 's with early stage capital and mentors/services.

At Albion College, Jeff's activities included: Sigma Chi, Student Senate (President), Economics and History honoraries, Project 250 Award, Lacrosse (Club) and as a Recent Graduate Trustee. Currently, he serves on the Gerstacker External Advisory Board and Albion Colleges' Board of Trustees and co-chairs the Committee on Trusteeship.

Jeff and his wife, Cheri (Lee), ‘77, have two children and reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. He can be reached by email at , on Twitter: @theweed, and at

Mr. Weedman serves as an Albion College Trustee because…

he wants to partially “pay back” the tremendous benefits he received from the faculty, fellow students and alumni.  Albion College changed the trajectory of his life and “paying it forward” motivates his service.

Michael E. Williams, '78

michael-williams-trustee-80.jpgProfessional Association: President and CEO of Orchards Children's Services

Education: Albion College, 1978. Eastern Michigan University, MA in Counseling, 1984.

Michael Williams graduated from Albion College in 1978 with majors in history and political science.  While at Albion, he was voted as an NAACP Man of the Year, and was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in both basketball and track. In 1994, Michael was elected Mayor of the city of Albion, and then re-elected once again in 1996. Since graduating from Albion College, he has held a variety of positions including president of Starr Vista, Inc. Care Management Organization, executive director of the Hannah Neil Center and director of several community-based programs. He has also been involved in Renaissance Club in Detroit, the National Black Child Development Institute and is a past member of the Alumni Association Board. Michael was also selected as one of Albion College’s Distinguished Alumni in 1997. 

Currently, Michael is the president and CEO of Orchards Children’s Services, Michigan’s premier foster care and adoption agency. He has dedicated his life and career in support of children and their families, and has discussed possible partnership opportunities between Albion’s Ford Institute and Orchard Children’s Services. 

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