Duly Noted

Whitney to lead Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

Gleaves Whitney, who has served as director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University since 2003, will be executive director for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation (GRFPF) effective Sept. 1. He will succeed Joe Calvaruso, who is retiring and who will assist with the transition.

Credited with establishing the first sustained and comprehensive common ground initiative in U.S. higher education, Whitney received a National Endowment for Humanities grant for the program.
Through his leadership, the Hauenstein Center has hosted major conferences; and he also developed the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center.

Whitney previously served in Gov. John Engler’s administration as senior writer, chief speechwriter, historian, and assisted in the creation of the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University; and a master’s degree in history from the University of Michigan. He was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley Calif; and was a Fulbright Scholar to West Germany.


Dickinson Wright adds six attorneys 

Dickinson Wright PLLC has added six intellectual property attorneys from the former Ann Arbor office of IP boutique Brinks Gilson & Lione: James Cleland, Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, Steven Oberholtzer, Michael Spink, Keith Weiss, and Sungwook (Sung) Lee.

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups.

Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan: Grand Rapids, Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw.


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