The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce that David Eisler, President of Ferris State University, will be the keynote speaker for its upcoming annual meeting, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9.
The chamber annual meeting of the membership will be at the Wolverine World Wide, Inc. conference center. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour followed by the Rockford High School Jazz Ensemble, dinner, election of board members, Antor Travel/Funjet vacation grand drawing and the business of distinction awards.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will announce the winners for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2008 Business of Distinction Awards at the meeting.
For more information please contact the chamber office at (616) 866-2000 or visit the Web site www.rockfordmichamber.com.
Eisler will bring vast experience to meeting
David L. Eisler has served as president of Ferris State University since July 2003. On campus Eisler has worked with faculty, staff and students to develop and articulate a vision that focuses Ferris State University as a Learning-Centered University. Under his leadership the University has embarked on an ambitious program of technology integration, classroom renovation, wireless networking, and cooperative programs with community colleges. These efforts have resulted in record enrollments for Ferris State University in Big Rapids and 25 locations throughout Michigan.
Within Michigan Eisler works actively on issues of higher education and economic development. He served on the Cherry Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. Governor Jennifer Granholm has appointed him to the Council of Labor and Economic Growth and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, and he currently serves on the executive committee of both organizations. An advocate for the arts, he also serves on the Board of ArtServe Michigan.
Eisler has spoken widely and published papers on the integration of technology in higher education. As an academic leader, Eisler believes strongly in the value of excellence in undergraduate education. He is committed to ensuring the integrity of the college experience based upon an education that develops mature communication and quantitative skills, including a know-ledge core that has both breadth and depth, which creates a pattern of intellectual rigor and provides the foundation for lifelong learning.
Throughout his career, Eisler has been heavily involved in community service and he believes strongly that service is an important component of the educational experience. With the American Association of State College and Universities and the New York Times, he helped create the American Democracy Project. He currently serves on the Board of the ConnectMichigan Alliance, which brings together the efforts of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Service Commission, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, and the Michigan Campus Compact.
Eisler earned both bachelor and doctoral degrees in Clarinet Performance at the University of Michigan and his master’s degree from Yale University. He and his wife Patsy, a native of South Haven, Mich., have two daughters, Heather, a Ph.D. student in Molecular Biology at the University of Notre Dame, and Lindsay, a medical resident in otorhinolaryngology.
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