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MCC Recognizes Four Outstanding Alumni Oct. 11

10/02/2018

A diverse group of outstanding community leaders, business professionals and educators will receive Mott Community College’s 15th Annual Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Retiree Awards Oct. 11, in the MCC Event Center. The awards are presented by the Foundation for Mott Community College and the event is open to the public. 
 
This year’s honorees  include MCC Distinguished Alumni William R. Angus, Howard J. Bueche, Dr. Teresa Ennis-Decker and David Smith, with a special recognition of Supt. Quintin L. Marshall, Sr., (posthumously) receiving the Community Advocate Award. Additionally, James H. Drummond has been selected as the 2018 Outstanding Retiree of the year. Their photographs will be displayed in the Alumni Hall of the Event Center where previous honorees are featured.
 
A reception is scheduled for 5 pm, followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $50 person with table sponsorships available, also. For tickets or more information, call (810) 762-0425 or visit www.mcceventsonline.com. Seating is limited. Proceeds from this program go toward scholarships supporting MCC students.
 
The Distinguished Alumni honorees are chosen for outstanding achievement as role models, visionary leaders and community servants. Outstanding retirees are selected by the MCC Executive Cabinet. 
 
Outstanding Alumni recipients
William R. Angus spent over 40 years at MCC, as a student, librarian, Instructional Media Director and Vice President for Academic Affairs until he retired in 2005. Graduating in 1961 with an Associate of Arts degree and achieving a nearly 4.0 GPA, he continued his educational career at the University of Michigan-Flint, graduating with honors in 1967, after serving honorably in the U.S. Army, Angus went on to the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where he earned a Master’s degree in Library Science. While serving as a member, then later chair of the Genesee County Library Board, he ushered in major enhancements to the Genesee Library system. His contributions at MCC included pioneering the design of interactive computer services and television services for the entire college. He also worked with other Genesee County educational institutions to create a fiber optic network serving all the public school districts. Under his leadership, the Distance Learning Advisory Committee was established to oversee new tele-courses, and eventually online courses at MCC. He also chaired an oversight committee formed to usher in the creation of the first commercial cable system in the area.
 
Howard J. Bueche practiced law with an emphasis on estate planning and administration and health care law. After serving his country honorably in the armed forces, he enrolled at Flint Junior College, attending from 1946 to 1948, and playing on the FJC varsity basketball team. He transferred to the University of Detroit where he earned his law degree. He has participated in a number of events presented by the college and provided major support to MCC’s athletic
programs. In 1998, the Bruin Club of Genesee County honored Howard Bueche with its prestigious Alumni Athletics Award for his contributions to MCC Athletics. He has served as Trustee and Officer on the board of directors of several community organizations, including: President of the Genesee County Bar Association, President of the Flushing Community Schools Board of Trustees, President of the Easter Seals Society, President of the Flushing Community
Council and Flushing Library Association, among others. He has also served as General Counsel of St. Joseph Hospital Corporation and Genesys Regional Medical Center and as Director of Genesee Bank.
 
Dr. Teresa Ennis-Decker came to MCC in 1982, interested in majoring in some form of science. Immediately, her academic excellence caught the attention of her professors and they encouraged her to pursue a degree in Optometry. While at MCC, she led the girls basketball team as point guard, later elected as team captain and was named to the Academic All American team in 1984. After leaving MCC, she studied at UM-Flint, then went on to Illinois College of Optometry were she graduated with a Doctorate in Optometry in 1991. She worked at General Optical and DOC before opening Lakeville Eye Center in 1994. A member of the Otisville Lions Club, she is active in the collection of eye glasses for those in need, she is a community activist and an ardent champion of women’s issues.
 
David Smith is Vice President of Skaff Furniture Carpet One Floor and Home, having joined the company over thirty years ago. He also serves as a regional coordinator for Carpet One Michigan, a state-wide trade organization. A freelance writer who worked as a columnist for the Flint Journal until 2009, he has been a member of the Flint Rotary Club since 1991. After serving as President of Flint Rotary Club, he went on to work at the District level in a variety of leadership positions. In addition to public speaking events and Rotary activities, David is involved in fundraising for a number of organizations in the Flint area and has served as an Elder and Deacon in his church. An experienced long distance runner, he has competed in more than 40 marathons around the country.
 
Community Advocate Award 
Superintendent Quintin Marshall passed away July 2018, but has left a lasting legacy within the community he served. Hundreds have experienced the uplifting power of live gospel music performed during the Annual Genesee County Gospel Fest, an event he founded and organized. The Founder and Pastor of the New Life Tabernacle Church of God in Christ where he presided for 25 years until his retirement in 2015, he also served as a president of the Genesee County Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Alliance and in various capacities throughout the local, district and jurisdictional areas of the COGIC denomination. Although he was highly regarded as a visionary and esteemed spiritual and community leader, Marshall was also known for his business expertise. While at Mott Community College, he pursued a degree in Business Administration. He landed his first job at Nabisco as a sales representative and quickly rose through the ranks of several Fortune 500 companies, receiving numerous top sales awards. A recipient of numerous awards and honors for career achievements and leadership, he created the Genesee County Black Business Expo which brought hundreds of entrepreneurs across the community together to support each other and to showcase their products and services.
 
Outstanding Retiree of the year
James H. Drummond retired from MCC in 2005, after 37 years of service to the college. He attended Michigan State University Oakland (now Oakland University), and graduated as salutatorian of the University’s charter class. He taught at Frankenmuth High School, where he coached the runner-up state champion debate team. From there he moved on to Flint in 1966 to teach at Northern High School, returning to Oakland University to earn a Master’s degree, this time graduating first in his class. He then began his career at Flint Community Junior College (now MCC) in 1968 as professor of English. He received the Outstanding Faculty member award and was twice recognized as a Master Teacher by the University of Texas Center on Community College Education. At the same time he was teaching at MCC, he became a Consultant-Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission and served on the accreditation teams at more than 40 colleges. An active member of the Friends of the Mott Library until 2018, he has also served with a number of community groups, including the Genesee Literary Network and the Christ Enrichment Center board, receiving the Christ Enrichment Center’s Azell Cromwell Award as the outstanding volunteer.
 
For more information about the Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Retiree Awards Program, call the Foundation for Mott Community College at (810) 762-0425.

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

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