Longtime board member and former Newsweek editor Richard M. Smith, '68, was recently named Albion College's first life trustee. The board also named two new trustees: University of Illinois vice president for research Lawrence Schook, '72, and United Methodist Church Michigan-area bishop Deborah Kiesey.
As vice president for research and senior research officer for the University of Illinois, Schook oversees an $800 million annual sponsored research portfolio. Schook is also an active researcher and leader, on a national level, in the fields of comparative genomics and translational biomedical models. He currently directs the international Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium and has served as principal investigator for research grants totaling $25 million from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has launched two start-up companies focusing on molecular medicine.
Schook graduated from Albion College with a degree in biology, then earned a doctorate from Wayne State University and did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Clinical Immunology in Switzerland, and the University of Michigan. Schook has held research and faculty positions in Switzerland and Austria, and at the Medical College of Virginia, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors related to research and teaching, and was named an Albion College Distinguished Alumnus in 1996.
Kiesey moved to Michigan in 2012 to serve as bishop for the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to her Michigan appointment, Kiesey spent her career as an ordained minister in Iowa and an administrator with the church’s Dakota Conference in South Dakota. Kiesey has also served on a wide range of committees and boards, including those for Iowa Wesleyan College, Morningside College and Dakota Wesleyan University. Kiesey is a graduate of Morningside College, where she received a Distinguished Alumna Award in 2004, and she holds a master of divinity from Boston University School of Theology. She currently resides in Ann Arbor.
Smith was unanimously selected as the first Albion College life trustee, "a reflection of the deep respect and esteem by which he is held," said Albion College President Donna Randall. The life trustee designation follows a rigorous review process and is awarded as a distinct honor. The former editor-in-chief and CEO of Newsweek magazine, Smith served as an Albion College trustee for 18 years and endowed the College's Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience and the Richard M. Smith/Newsweek Endowed Scholarship. Smith is currently president of the Pinkerton Foundation in New York City.