Aerial View of the Dowagiac Campus

Four reappointed to foundation board

The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees reappointed four members to three–year terms on the SMC Foundation Board at its May 19 meeting on the Dowagiac campus.

Continuing to serve on the Foundation Board are Virginia “Ginny” Kairis Crawford from Edwardsburg and Spring, Texas, Michael J. O’Neil of Buchanan, Judge Sue Dobrich of Dowagiac and Ron Gunn of Dowagiac.

Crawford was the top human resources manager for ExxonMobil’s Global Chemical Co, retiring from ExxonMobil in February 2012.

She attended Southwestern Michigan College after graduating as a junior from Marion High School in Mishawaka, Ind.

Crawford earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Vice President Michael J. O’Neil, an SMC alumnus, is chief administrative officer for Beacon Health System in South Bend.

He is responsible for administration of all construction projects, management of real estate and medical office buildings, joint venture development, Beacon Health Ventures, managed care operations and community health enhancement strategies, as well as a continued leadership role with Memorial Medical Group.

O’Neil holds a master’s degree in administration from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and an SMC associate in applied science degree.

Dobrich, Cass County’s first female prosecutor in 1983 and past president of the Michigan Probate Judges Association, was named one of Michigan Lawyer Weekly’s 20 2012 Women in the Law for statewide leadership on behalf of protecting children in cases of child abuse and neglect.

She joined the bench in 1995, established Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in 1997, was instrumental in the specialty court movement launched in Cass County in 2002 and was inducted in April 2013 into the Edwardsburg Public Schools Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement.

Dobrich attended Kalamazoo College and Cooley Law School.

Gunn came to SMC from Illinois in 1967 and built a Roadrunners powerhouse, including five national cross country championships, three national marathon titles, 142 student-athletes earning All-American honors and, with the community, Steve Briegel’s Run, turning 40 in July.

Gunn five times won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Coach of the Year.

Since retiring from SMC, Gunn puts together travel trips through his Stone Cairn Adventure Tours.

The SMC Foundation bridges the gap between college needs and resources.

A non-profit, tax-exempt corporation established in 1971, the foundation assists SMC students who desire to enhance their lives through education and training.

The foundation supports the college in areas not funded through taxes, tuition and grants.