Developing a Leadership Model
November 17, 1997
Leaders Modeling Change
Resource Person: Dr. Michael Bassis, President, Olivet College
Michael S. Bassis assumed the presidency of Olivet College on July 15, 1993. Prior to coming to Olivet, he served as Executive Vice President and Provost at Antioch University in Ohio.
Dr. Bassis earned his B.A. degree from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In addition to his work at Antioch, he served on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island for 10 years and held senior administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Eastern Connecticut State University.
Dr. Bassis has published widely in the discipline of sociology. His coauthored textbook in introductory sociology, originally published in 1980, is about to enter its fifth edition. He is the former chair of the Undergraduate Education Section of the American Sociological Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Defiance College and the National Society for Experiential Education.
An organizational psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Grummon is the Director of University Planning for Michigan State University. She holds an adjunct appointment in the College of Education and has also taught in the Colleges of Social Science and Business. She has been involved in policy issues related to the transition from school-to-work and educational reform during her time at Michigan State University (1991- present) and while working for the State of Michigan (1987-1991). Her most recent publication was a book chapter on assessing teamwork skills for workforce readiness. Dr. Grummon has served on a number of national groups focused on the role of assessment in workplace readiness. Prior to going to work for the State, Dr. Grummon owned her own management consulting business.
Abel B. Sykes, Jr. was appointed President of Lansing Community College on June 1, 1989. President Sykes holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of California at Los Angeles; attended the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard Business School; has Bachelor and Masters Degrees in History from the University of Missouri; and also attended Kansas City Junior College. President Sykes served as President of Kings River Community College in California for five years. Prior to that he was President/Superintendent of Compton College in California for 15 years. He has also served as Dean of Instruction and taught United States History.
Since arriving in Lansing, President Sykes has become a member of the Board of Directors of various community agencies. He has participated in and chaired numerous accreditation reviews of educational institutions throughout the country. President Sykes also serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on Leadership Development and was the past President of the American Association of Community Colleges. In 1986, President Sykes received the Fulbright Award to China.
Jan Urban-Lurain, President, Spectra Data and Research, Inc. is a practical innovator, group facilitator, and organizational consultant. Her fifteen years in state government included experiences as the Deputy Director of the Governor's Office for Job Training and chairperson of the Cabinet Council on Human INvestment. Since 1991, she has focused on building individual, organization and community capacity to successfully implement systems reform and complex change. Jan has a B.A. in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration.