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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 Ď76

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You will find our graduates have secured job within their fields, for example:

  • Rehmann Group
  • Anderson, Tackman & Co. PLC
  • St. Francis X. Federal Credit Union
  • Anderson Tackman Co
  • mBank
  • Victories Casino and Hotel
  • Plouff Accounting
  • Consumers Energy
  • Dept of Treasury/IRS/Criminal Investigations
  • Marshall & Iisley Bank
  • Boldrey, Senchuk, Rouleau & Williams CPA PC
  • State Of Michigan, Thunder Bay Broadcasting
  • Charlevoix State Bank
  • The Rehmann Group
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Friendship Centers of Emmet County
  • Hill Schroderus & Co. LLP
  • William R. Kanine, P.C.
  • CSA Air, Inc.
  • Rehmann Robson-The Rehmann Group
  • Hantz Group
  • NCC a dba of Alcona Health Center
  • EUP Employment & Training Consortium
  • Ross Manufacturing, LLC
  • Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Robert F. Murray & Company
  • Taylor Technolgies, Inc.
  • Engineered Machined Products
  • Nash Greenhouses & Accounting Alternatives

 


  

"The courses were structured in a way that made the transition easy from the classroom to the workplace. There were a lot of real world examples in class and the professors were good at explaining the concepts and helping to apply them to the real world."

--Bob Haske
LSSU Graduate
Staff Accountant
Anderson Tackman & Co, PLC

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Chris Schalk

I absolutely love the small size of LSSU. Everything on campus is within a short walking distance. Also, with smaller class sizes, itís much easier to get to know people. There are even professors I had from a couple of years ago that still remember me. It has even become difficult for me to walk across campus without running into someone I know. This has created a very positive experience for me. [ more ]

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