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Kjolhede is the well-respected superintendent of the Ionia County Intermediate School District, which provides services and support for nine public schools, two charter schools and six non-public schools. The district spans 576 square miles and has more than 12,000 students. He is also president of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, Region IV.

His work in education has taken him from teaching and serving as a guidance counselor in several districts throughout Michigan to administrative positions for more than 20 years.

"I am truly humbled by being selected for this award," Kjolhede said. "Choosing to attend LSSC almost 40 years ago was the best decision I had made up to that point in my life. Through the LSSC guidance and influence of Paul Ripley, Bud Cooper, coaches Tom Ludwig and Ed Douma and many others, I was able grow and navigate my way to graduation.

"They and LSSC believed in me, giving me the knowledge, skills and confidence to get where I am today," Kjolhede continued. "I gladly support LSSU as repayment for their investment in me and for what they gave to me. The LSSU family has been instrumental in my life and invaluable for the lifelong connections we have made through the institution."

Kjolhede earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and minor in psychology from LSSU, as well as secondary certification in social studies before moving on to earn a master's degree in secondary guidance and counseling from Central Michigan University.

Kjolhede is married to the former Patti Ripley '77. The couple has two children, Kelly and Jamie.

Outstanding Alumnus Robert J. Kjolhede 76

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Paige Gordier, Ph.D
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Office: LBR 304
Phone: (906) 635-2749
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Ms. Sheri Garee, Academic Secretary

The mission of the College of Arts, Letters, Social Sciences & Emergency Services to maximize student potential in their chosen disciplines. We commit ourselves to send them forth prepared to engage the world around them with well-founded confidence as they embark upon post-collegiate life and career. Our award-winning, stimulating faculty offers unique and challenging programs focused on providing the best possible preparation for post-graduation endeavors. The college prepares students both for career entry and post-baccalaureate study in a way that maximizes their personal growth in the blends of creative, expressive, analytic, and critical capabilities appropriate to their disciplines. Our graduates are prepared for advanced study and careers in private enterprise, public service, and education.

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"LSSU is a relatively small school and I believe for this reason I have received a better education. The close atmosphere as opposed to a larger university has provided me with an opportunity to become acquainted with my professors. The professors therefore have an opportunity to assist with problems fairly easily, especially in upper level classes. The classes are fairly small also which provides one on one conversations which is very helpful." [ more ]

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