President Fallon receives Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award
YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University President John A. Fallon will receive the Michigan State University College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award at a ceremony April 21, 4:30 p.m., at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.
“I am indebted to MSU for the education I earned and what it has allowed me to do in my life,” said Fallon, who has been president at EMU since July 2005. “This reinforces in my mind that there is magic in higher education. That someone like me, who came from a family in which neither parent graduated from junior high school, can achieve a Ph.D. from one of the best institutions in the country can only be magic.”
Fallon, who received his Ph.D. from MSU in 1973, has been the president at three institutions. He was the president of William Penn College in Iowa from 1995-98 and then served as president of the State University of New York at Potsdam from 1998-2005.
He also has helped lead the national community education movement, which advocates the creation of opportunities for community members from individuals and schools to businesses and private organizations.
Fallon has served as president of the National Community Education Association and as consultant at the Institute for Community Education Development at Ball State University.
He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Michigan University.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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