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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

Business Administration (Accounting)

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Mindy Poliski

Mindy McCready

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B.S. 2000, Western Michigan University
M.B.A. 2005, Lawrence Technological University
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"Students in our accounting program take courses in a wide variety of the field's disciplines. This qualifies and helps prepare the students to take both the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant exams. It also exposes them to the numerous career options available upon graduation. In addition, our program provides students with many practical and hands-on experiences.

I recently transitioned from working in public accounting to instructing at LSSU, and I find it very rewarding to pass on what I learned and experienced through my career in the accounting field to help prepare the students for theirs."

--Mindy McCready
CPA, MBA
Instructor

Accounting

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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