Dr. John Porter, ’53

Dr. John Porter, '532004 Elkin R. Isaac Alumni Lecture

Former CEO of the Urban Education Alliance, Inc., General Superintendent for the Detroit Public Schools, President of Eastern Michigan University

“Educational Leadership in the 21st Century”

Wednesday, April 14, 2004; 7:30 p.m.
Bobbitt Visual Arts Auditorium

From the classroom to the nation's capital, John Porter has spent the last 50 years as an advocate for Michigan students of all ages while serving both the state and federal governments as an education expert. After earning his Ph.D. at Michigan State University, he was named the state superintendent of public instruction in 1969, a position he held for 10 years. Porter left the Michigan Department of Education to take the presidency of Eastern Michigan University in 1979. After his successful 10-year tenure at Eastern, he became general superintendent for the Detroit Public Schools from 1989 to 1991. He then served as chief executive officer of the Urban Education Alliance, Inc. in Ypsilanti until his recent retirement.

Porter has been recognized at Albion with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1970, an honorary degree in 1973, and with the Athletic Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He served on the College's Board of Trustees for 15 years and is now an honorary trustee. In recognition of his distinguished career in education, in 2002 the College announced the creation of the John W. Porter Endowed Professorship in the Fritz Shurmur Education Institute.