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Trustee Biographies

President of the Board Douglas A. Jacobson

Douglas A. Jacobson

Chair, Board of Trustees

Board Chair Douglas A. Jacobson has served on the Board of Trustees since 1996. Mr. Jacobson has been an attorney in Gladwin since 1982, formerly serving Gladwin County as Prosecuting Attorney from 1981 to 1992. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1968, Central Michigan University with a Master of Arts in 1972, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1977.

Mr. Jacobson was employed by Gladwin Community Schools as a teacher and coach from 1969 to 1974. He is a member of The Gladwin Rotary Club and Gladwin Council of the Arts.

Vice President of the board, Betty M. Russell

Betty M. Mussell

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Betty has been an elected trustee of Mid Michigan College since 1986. She first served on the Board of Trustees as Secretary, was elected to serve as Chair in 1989, and now serves as Vice Chair. Betty has dedicated much of her time and energy to serving the College and its goals. Of special note, Betty has signed diplomas every year for the College since 1986 as part of her role on the Board of Trustees.

In addition to serving on Mid Michigan College’s Board of Trustees, Betty has been on the Mid Michigan College Foundation Board for 20 years. She was part of the driving force to make the Mid Michigan College Foundation an active organization.

She has also advocated for a retiree luncheon to honor past employees of the College.

Dedicating time to Mid is only part of what Betty has done for the community. She was a member of the Clare Board of Education for 14 ½ years, and served as a board member for the United Way of Clare County and as the campaign chair in 1997. Betty has also served as PTA president, Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund of Clare County board member, Clare Area Scholarship Association organizer, Clare Girl Scouts leader, Pioneer Sports boosters member, and played softball in the Clare Women’s Fast Pitch Softball League. Betty is currently a Board Member of the Clare County Agricultural Society, and is a member of the Clare United Methodist Church.

Betty graduated from Breckenridge High School, attended Central Michigan University, and was employed by Dow Chemical Company where she met her husband, Dorsey. She has three children Marjorie, Robert, and Cynthia and has four grandchildren.

Betty spends as much time as she can with her family. “It is such a great pleasure to have my family close so I am able to enjoy time with them, “ says Betty. “They are my priority.” She also maintains several fruit trees.

Trustee Thomas W. Metzger

Thomas W. Metzger

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Thomas W. Metzger represents the Beaverton area on the Mid Michigan College Board of Trustees, and was elected to the Board in 1992. Mr. Metzger is retired from General Motors, where he held the position of Journeyman in Machine Repair for 38 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Central Michigan University.

Trustee Richard S. Allen, Jr.

Richard S. Allen, Jr.

Secretary, Board of Trustees

Richard S. Allen, Jr. was elected to the Board in 1986 and has successfully run for re-election since. Mr. Allen is an attorney in Clare, Michigan and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State Law School and a Bachelors of Arts from Michigan State University. Mr. Allen served as the Clare County Prosecuting Attorney from 1975-1980, and is a member of the American Legion.

Trustee Carolyn C. Bay

Carolyn C. Bay

Trustee, Board of Trustees

Ms. Bay was born and raised in Clare County, Michigan on the Cornwell Ranch owned and operated by her parents, Robert and Rosemary Carter. A graduate of Michigan State University in Animal Husbandry, she was a member of the MSU Livestock, Meat and Wool Judging teams. She started working with the MSU Cooperative Extension Service in 1959 as a 4-H Youth agent in Midland County. Her career expanded to Regional Livestock Agent, District Equine Agent and then to County Extension Director in Gladwin County; taking five years off to be a High School Counselor in Clare Public Schools. Ms. Bay retired from MSU Extension in 1992. During those years her specialty was youth and equine education.

Ms. Bay has judged most all disciplines of horses, even traveling to Norway to learn to evaluate Fjord horses, and has assisted in educational clinics throughout Michigan and other states. She serves as a volunteer at the Kentucky 3-day Rolex event, working as a Communicator for the Cross Country Day.

Ms. Bay is currently a member of The Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association, serving as Vice President; American Quarter Horse Association; Clare County Farm Bureau Board; Michigan Equine Foundation; Michigan Quarter Horse Association; American Paint Horse Association (serving on the Racing Committee); Michigan Farm Bureau Equine Committee; Arthur Township Planning Committee; First Congregational Church; Gladwin Rotary Club; and Mid's Foundation. She was also Education Co-Chair of the 2007 Michigan Equine Conference. She received a 2008 Catalyst Award from the Michigan Horse Council and was also inducted into the Michigan Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame.

Presently Ms. Bay and her children raise Race and Performance Quarter and Paint horses at T. Bill Stables. The W.C. Cornwell Ranch is still owned and operated by Carolyn and her brothers, Bill and Bob Carter.

Ms. Bay has two children, David and Maria, and three grandchildren.

Trustee Eric T. Kreckman

Eric T. Kreckman

Trustee, Board of Trustees

Eric T. Kreckman was appointed to the Board in 2007. Mr. Kreckman is a Gladwin native and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He spent 20 years in the title industry and served as a director of the Gladwin Downtown Development Authority, Gladwin Education Foundation, Gladwin Airport Commission, MidMichigan Medical Center and Gladwin Rotary Club. He then earned his Masters of Science as a physician assistant from Central Michigan University and works as a Physician Assistant.

Trustee Terry Petrongelli

Terry Petrongelli

Trustee, Board of Trustees

Ms. Terry Petrongelli was appointed to the Board in 2008 and has successfully run for re-election since then. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Central Michigan University.

During her thirty-year career as a teacher for Harrison Community Schools, she held elementary, middle school, and secondary positions. In 2010, she received the Creative Writing Teacher of the Year Award from the Michigan Council of the Teachers of English and was recognized as a High School Teacher of Excellence (Secondary Section) by the National Council of the Teachers of English. Upon retirement, she worked at CMU’s Center for Excellence in Education as a literacy coach, serving teachers across the state of Michigan.

Ms. Petrongelli is currently a member of the Gladwin Area Friends of the Theater and the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (Clare County Chapter). She is also honored to be a volunteer for the Northern Michigan Alliance for Children.

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