Message from President Ditzler to the Albion College Community

November 10, 2019

President Mauri Ditzler sent the following email at 1:32 p.m. ET on November 10 to the Albion College community.

To Our Albion College Community:

As a community, our hearts are broken today as we share the news of the passing of one of our students, Zachary Winston. Zach was a finance major, a student in the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, and member of the Albion College men’s basketball team. Beyond that, he was an extremely charismatic young man with an infectious smile. Zach was a recognized leader who was well known across every facet of our campus. He was a fantastic student with a world of potential before him. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.

As a campus, we have provided opportunities for students, faculty and staff to receive counseling and support in the challenging days ahead. We want all students to know they are not alone.

Our hearts go out to his brothers, Khy, who is a freshman at Albion, and Cassius, who is a senior at Michigan State University, his parents and his extended family. We echo the family’s request in asking everyone to respect their privacy at this time.


Dr. Mauri A. Ditzler

Just before 8 p.m. ET, College social media shared a video of Albion men’s basketball head coach Jody May and Athletic Director Matt Arend reflecting on the impact Zach had on the Albion community and Albion College.