Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series

Professional headshot of WashingtonL. Marshall Washington, Ph.D., president of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, will give a presentation titled “An Update: Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Bronson Healthy Living Campus” at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30. The presentation will take place in 2150 Schneider Hall.

The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made below or by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in Schneider Hall Lot 72R.


L. Marshall Washington, Ph.D. began his tenure as the third president of Kalamazoo Valley Community College on July 1, 2018. As the college’s new leader, he presides over a public institution with four campuses, which include student-run restaurants, state-of-the-art training facilities for health care careers and professional trades, and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.  He brings experience and passion for serving students, faculty, staff and the community to his role.

Throughout his career, Washington’s leadership style has been characterized by an openness to input, humility, cooperation, trust and above all, a bias for action. He attributes his love of learning and education to the people who believed and invested in him as he made the journey from first generation college graduate to president of a multi-campus institution.

Increasing positive student experiences and removing barriers which limit student success are priorities as he begins his work in west Michigan. The Columbus, Ohio native brings a wealth of experience to the college. Most recently, Washington spent five years as president of New River Community and Technical College in West Virginia. He also served as vice president and CEO at the Lancaster Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania and was formerly the vice president of student services at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek.

Washington received his doctorate in educational studies and a specialization in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; a master’s degree in education from Winona State University; and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Washington is a graduate of the Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, the Executive Leadership Institute of the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the American Association of Community Colleges John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute. He received the TRIO Achiever Award from the Mid-American Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel in 2009.  He served on board of directors for the American Association for Community Colleges, Boys Scouts of America, Lions Club and Rotary Club. Washington is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

Haworth College of Business

Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business, one of the largest schools of business in the United States, is the academic home to more than 3,500 undergraduate students majoring in 18 specialized areas of business. An additional 500 graduate students study business administration and accountancy.

The Haworth College of Business is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.

About the series

The Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current topics of interest.