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Tom Kolassa has been elected to serve as chair of the Olivet College Board of Trustees. He succeeded David Hayhow, who completed his term in October after serving 10 years as board chair.

“I’m excited about all of the improvements Olivet College is making in accordance with our vision for 2020 and beyond,” Kolassa said. “Some of my top priorities include increasing the college’s endowment, as well as the percentage of alumni giving and enrollment. I anticipate continued improvements to the educational experience and campus culture for students as well, as we work to make Olivet one of the top colleges in the nation.”

Kolassa, who resides in Battle Creek, is a 1969 Olivet College graduate. While at Olivet he studied political science, and went on to earn a master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 1972.

He has led a successful career in the insurance industry, retiring as senior vice president of HUB International of Battle Creek in 2013. He has also served as owner of Infinisource of Coldwater, a company specializing in human resources and employee benefits.

Kolassa served Battle Creek for two years as city commissioner, two years as vice mayor and two years as mayor, and is currently active with the boards of Starr Commonwealth and Southern Michigan Bank and Trust. He is the former board chair of Binder Park Zoo.

The Olivet College Board of Trustees pursues policies and programs in accordance with the college’s academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. The board strives to provide the best possible environment for students, faculty and staff to teach, learn and develop their abilities.