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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

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Past Presidents: The Lowman Years, 2007-2009

Rodney L. Lowman

Rodney L. Lowman Ph.D. was Lake Superior State University's sixth president.

He came to LSSU from Alliant International University, where he was provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and earlier had been dean and professor in Alliant's California School of Organizational Studies (now Marshall Goldsmith School of Management). He also has served as director of Alliant's Organizational Consulting Center, a university-based consulting firm.

His professional experience includes service as department head and professor of psychology and consulting. Early in his professional career, Dr. Lowman was a faculty member at the Institute for Social Research and Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lowman has written or edited nine books and monographs, has edited two professional journals, published over 100 articles and book chapters, and has made hundreds of juried professional presentations all over the world.

His doctoral and master's degrees are in psychology, both from Michigan State University. He also holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from University of Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in business from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Lowman also completed an APA-approved Clinical Psychology internship at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, formerly the APA-approved Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences.

Dr. Lowman was born in Oklahoma, where his father served in the US Air Force. He and his wife, Linda, also a trained psychologist and psychiatric nurse, have one daughter, Marissa.

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Katie Farnsworth
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