Former Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture
Former Michigan Senator
Businessman, The Irwin Group
LSSU Outstanding Alumnus Award '91
Board of Trustees
James P. Curran Vice Chair
Husband of Carolyn, Father of three sons and grandfather of three.
I received a BS degree from The Ohio State University and a Masters degree from Wayne State University.
For 36 years, I worked in state and local government. I led Governor Blanchard’s prison expansion program during the 1980’s. In Wayne County MI, I established the Office of Community Development, the Office on Aging and the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act office. I acted as Secretary to the Wayne County Building Authority while the new jail; morgue and youth home were constructed. I helped manage the Wayne County Jails and its Community Correction Program.
My community activities consisted of being an elected official in the City of Grosse Pointe. I was President of the National Community Directors Association. I was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Jail Overcrowding and the Governor’s Office Work Group on Shared Public Services/Regional Placemaking. The Legislature asked me, in 2007, to co-chair The Legislative Commission on Governmental Efficiency.
I have the opportunity, in retirement, of mentoring individuals who are struggling with issues around addiction. I also serve on two non- profit community boards that provide Services to people in need.
I consider it a privilege to serve on the Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees.
Majoring in Sociology...
Sociology Caro, MI
I love the small tight-knit community on campus.You always see someone you know while walking to class.Your professors know you on a first name basis. [ more ]