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Renewing the Great Lakes Region

November 20, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

"Despite its long leadership in manufacturing and business, assets like major universities, and abundant natural amenities, the Great Lakes region's industrial legacy has left it struggling to develop the human capital, entrepreneurial culture, and dynamic metropolitan regions needed to compete in the global economy. This report examines the region's challenges, and calls for a new federal-state compact around a series of educational, economic, social, and infrastructure initiatives that can help the region reassert its global economic leadership."  With this just released Brookings Institution report as a backdrop, the Fellows will examine and consider the future of the Great Lakes region.

Resource Person:

Mr. John Austin  (EPFP 1991-92)
Brookings Institution
Metropolitan Policy Program
Nonresident Senior Fellow
jcaustin [at]

John Austin is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, as well as a Michigan statewide elected official, serving as Vice-President of the Michigan State Board of Education.  Mr. Austin is also a Lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Senior Fellow with the University of Michigan’s School of Education - National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. 

Mr. Austin has over 20 years experience in political and public policy leadership.  Mr. Austin currently is leading a Great Lakes Economic Initiative for the Brookings Institution, designed to improve the economic vitality of the Great Lakes states.  Recently, Mr. Austin served as Policy Director for Michigan’s Governor-appointed Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth (the Cherry Commission) and was principal author of the Commission’s report. He co-authored the influential report Revitalizing Michigan Cities, with Michigan Future, Inc., and has helped Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Development to reshape Michigan’s economic, workforce and urban development agenda. Austin has worked with city and state governments, federal agencies and officials, as well as national foundations, corporations and labor organizations on a wide variety of public policy issues.

Early in his career Mr. Austin served as President of the Flint Roundtable, a multi-sector CEO leadership organization in Genesee County, Michigan focused on regional education reform, where he developed nationally recognized education programs.  In addition he was chairman of the Genesee County Road Commission. Prior to settling in Michigan, Mr. Austin served as a special assistant to Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and on the staff of the Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Affairs. Mr. Austin is a Board Member of Michigan Common Cause, and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

Austin received his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelors from Swarthmore College in Economics & Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa.  Mr. Austin has been married 19 years to his wife Terese.  They and their three school-age children reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Resource Materials:

The Vital Center: A Federal-State Compact to Renew the Great Lakes Region (pdf)

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Leadership in the Context of Change

November 6, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This seminar will continue our focus on the EPFP leadership development strand and examine the meaning that individuals bring to any change situation. We will examine the question of how personality preferences and types influence the meaning that we bring to the process of change.

Resource Person:

Barbara W. Markle, Ph.D.  (EPFP 1993-94)
Assistant Dean of K-12 Outreach
College of Education
Michigan State University
201 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI  48824
markle [at]

Dr. Barbara Markle is Assistant Dean of K-12 Outreach in the College of Education at Michigan State University. In this capacity she develops and implements programs for classroom teachers, school administrators and policymakers that translate educational research to application in schools and settings where education policy decisions are made.  Dr. Markle’s public school experience includes service as a high school teacher, counselor, junior high principal, senior high school associate principal and director of curriculum.  She also served as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Michigan Department of Education where she was responsible for Michigan’s education reform initiatives.  She directs several state and federal grants, and has a deep interest in school reform issues centering on teacher leadership.  Her Ph.D. is in educational administration from Michigan State University.  She is the recipient of the 2006 Educational Leadership Award from the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association.

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Investing in Michigan's Future:

Growing Talent or Lowering Taxes? Framing the Policy Debate in Michigan

October 28, 2006
8:30 a.m. - Noon
Kellogg Center, MSU

This seminar is an optional learning opportunity for the Michigan EPFP. This Symposium is hosted by the MSU Department of Educational Administration and the Office of K-12 Outreach. The Fellows are invited to join Michigan policy leaders in this debate.

Educational Leadership

Saturday October 28, 2006

8:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast

Room 104 A&B

Kellogg Center, MSU

Open to educational leaders, policymakers, faculty,and students.

There is no charge for this event.

Please RSVP to
Karla Bellingar

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What is the key to driving growth in Michigan?

  • Some say that taxes matter and that to compete for jobs with other states, Michigan's taxes are too high. Michigan needs tax relief and reform.
  • Others say that what distinguishes successful states are their concentrations of talent - and that states with the greatest concentrations of talent win.

What is the answer for Michigan?

What are the implications for education in Michigan?

Come join policymakers and educational leaders for an interactive symposium that delves into these ideas.


Thomas Clay, financial expert and Director of State Affairs for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, will provide an assessment of Michigan's budget and economic outlook.

Patrick Anderson, Founder and CEO of Anderson Economic Group, will review his comprehensive study for the Legislature of how Michigan taxes compare to other states and assess how competitive Michigan's businesses can be given the current tax structure and economic climate.

Louis Glazer, President of Michigan Future, Inc., will provide insights from "A New Agenda for a New Michigan" that focuses on how higher educational achievement leads to prosperity in a knowledge based economy.

Tom White, Executive Director of the Michigan School Business Officials and Chair of the K-16 Coalition.

David Arsen, Professor of Educational Administration at Michigan State University, economist and specialist in education finance and state and local development.




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Establishing a Policy Framework

October 23, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This Seminar will focus on a set of concepts and strategies for creating a policy framework. Fellows will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of how public policy is developed and implemented. Several policy issues of current concern to Michigan citizens will also be examined.


Resource Person:

David C. Hollister
President & CEO
1614 E. Kalamazoo
Lansing MI  48912
(517) 999-3382




David C. Hollister is President & CEO of Prima Civitas Foundation, a new nonprofit organization based in Lansing, that aims at taking a regional approach to boosting Michigan's economy. The organization is focusing on the promotion of four different industries that present job opportunities for area residents.  Those include life sciences, advanced manufacturing, alternative energy and homeland security.

Mayor Hollister was appointed as Director of the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services in January 2003 by Governor Jennifer M.Granholm. On December 8, 2003, CIS joined with the Michigan Department of Career Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Michigan Broadband Development Authority to form the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth.  Under Mayor Hollister's leadership, this new department addressed labor, economic growth, and urban development issues in the State of Michigan.

Mayor Hollister has dedicated his entire life to public service. He began his career as a high school teacher in the 1960s after graduating with honors from Michigan State University. His political career began during his tenure as a teacher in the Lansing Public Schools, when he was elected in 1968 as an Ingham County Commissioner, serving through 1974.  In 1974, Mayor Hollister launched a successful campaign for the Michigan House of Representatives, where he served until 1993. He quickly became recognized as one of the top ten legislators, serving on the powerful Appropriations Committee for 16 years and chairing the Appropriations Subcommittee on Social Services for over a decade.

In 1993, Mayor Hollister ran a successful campaign for Mayor of the City of Lansing and was re-elected to his third term in a landslide victory in November 2001. Hollister's successes as Mayor included over $2.9 billion in investments, including building a new regional transportation center downtown, bringing minor league baseball to Lansing, and striking a partnership with the State of Michigan that includes new buildings for the Legislature, the Supreme Court, and various other departments. Regional partnerships were created with local governments to enable location of a major insurance company’s corporate world headquarters in Lansing and development of a new golf course and upscale housing development. One of the Mayor's most exciting successes was the commitment by General Motors to consolidate operations and build two new state-of-the-art assembly plants in Lansing.

Mr. Hollister has been a presenter to the Michigan EPFP Fellows for the past 22 years and he is consistently rated as one of our most popular and important policy resources. He was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award at the 2000 Michigan EPFP Alumni Seminar.

Fellows should refer to the Michigan EPFP 'Links and Publications' page to review David Hollister's WebBook, "On Organizing" for additional resource material.  In addition, please review the November 7, 2001, Lansing City Pulse article and interview with David Hollister, and the September 2006 Greater Lansing Business Monthly article.


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Assessing Leadership Styles

October 09, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Fellows will debrief and interpret both the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI) instruments and examine how different styles and behaviors can conflict with individual and organizational goals. Through group discussions, we will explore how different styles and behaviors can impact various work settings.


Resource Person: Ben Perez

Argelio B. Perez is principal of Transformations, a Lansing-based consulting firm, specializing in leadership development, organizational change, team-building and facilitation.  He is also a consultant affiliated with a number of private and public organizations including University Associates Consulting and Training Services and the Institute for Educational Leadership. Ben has a diverse background in public administration with substantial experience in supervision, fiscal management, legislation/regulatory monitoring, staff development, planning and reorganization.

Ben has been a senior executive in urban school districts (Detroit and Lansing), city government (Lansing), and state government (Michigan Department of Education) for thirty years. He is affiliated with the Institute for Educational leadership as a senior consultant in Leadership programs and Governance and served from 1978-2006 as a Michigan EPFP Coordinator.

He earned a B.A. in education from Justin Morrill College, Michigan State University, and a M.A. in Classroom Teaching from the College of Education, Michigan State University. In 1991, he was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award.

Additional Readings on the MBTI and KAI Instruments
  • David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence, Prometheus Nemesis Book Company, Del Mar, CA 1998
  • Morgan McCall Jr., Michael M. Lombardo, and Ann M. Morrison, The Lessons of Experience: How Successful Executives Develop on the Job, Lexington Books, New York, NY 1988

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