MCC Recognizes Four Outstanding Alumni Oct. 11
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
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.
As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity
and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and
the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment
opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national
origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to
perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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October 4, 2018