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The annual distinguished alumni, staff, and faculty awards of Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary recognize outstanding members of our community who have achieved success in their personal and professional lives or who have distinguished themselves through volunteer service to the university. The individuals we're seeking embody the mission of the university, having become empowered men and women who excel as influencers in our world for Christ.
The annual distinguished alumni awards provide Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary an opportunity to recognize outstanding alumni who have achieved success in their personal and professional lives. The following individuals are flourishing as influencers in our world for Christ, embodying the very mission and identity of Cornerstone University.
2016 Traditional Undergraduate Alumnus of the Year
Doug Busch (B.A. '93) completed a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Cornerstone University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. Busch is Vice President and General Manager of Molex Optical Solutions in Chicago, a company that serves many of the world's leading technology companies and employs over 4,000 team members across 11 nations globally.
In his role, Busch is a business leader responsible for overall strategy, business development, and operations within the company. He has been involved in several acquisition efforts and organizational integrations, including a 2014 acquisition, which was Molex's largest acquisition to date in its 77-year history. He describes his passion as "rallying great people to fulfill the vision for their organization and build effective, driven teams."
In addition to his work at Molex, Busch has served in various speaking and panelist roles for industry and economic development groups, and received the Chicago Innovation Award for contributing to innovation in the Chicago region. He and his wife, Crystal, are involved in leadership and teaching positions at their church, and they also serve in a variety of faith-based community organizations, along with their two children, Claire and Jack.
2016 Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Alumnus of the Year
Pastor Artie Lindsay (Th.M. '04) completed a Master of Theological Studies at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the Teaching Pastor at Tabernacle Community Church in Grand Rapids, where he holds several responsibilities in leadership development, teaching, and church vision. He helped establish Tabernacle Community Church in 2002, which seeks to be a place where broken people can come and experience the presence of God, regardless of racial, denominational, or economic barriers.
As teaching pastor, Lindsay works to fulfill the vision of God's kingdom in his church and the community. This past year, he led a team of people in his congregation through a study on the integration of faith and work. His ministry is marked by a passion for community revitalization and a burden for bringing others into participation of God's redemptive work.
Lindsay actively promotes wholeness in the community through his leadership in several initiatives, including the Alger Heights Collaborative, which brings area churches together to assist with community development. Lindsay is married to Raquel, his wife and ministry partner of 18 years, and they have three children: AJ, Victoria, and Alysa.
2016 Professional and Graduate Studies Alumna of the Year
Julie Lepzinski (M.B.A. '12) completed a Master of Business Administration at Cornerstone University. She is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of the Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest multispecialty physician groups in Michigan. With over 23,000 employees, Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, serving the community with a full continuum of care through 12 hospitals, over 3,400 physicians, and a health plan with about 660,000 members.
Lepzinski champions and leads strategic clinical programs and operations, with the goal of improving the access, quality, and cost of health care. She oversees several committees and councils within Spectrum Health, and currently leads an innovative joint venture on the lakeshore, working to expand healthcare and opportunities in those communities.
Lepzinski's colleagues describe her as "inspiring" – her strong value system and passion for serving others is evident in how she daily approaches her work. Lepzinski and her husband, Matt, are involved in their church and community, and enjoy spending time together with their 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
Faculty Hall of Honor
The Cornerstone University Faculty Hall of Honor pays tribute to past and longtime current faculty members for their uncompromising dedication, tireless service, and steady commitment to the school and its students. The impact of these "life-changers" is felt by their students and colleagues, and bestows glory upon Christ our Lord.
2016 Traditional Undergraduate Faculty Inductee
Lawrence Bos serves as Associate Professor of Business at Cornerstone. His education includes two degrees from Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1970 and a Masters of Business Administration in 1974. Bos came to Cornerstone in 1970, working in several departments before turning to teaching 5 years later.
During his 45 years at Cornerstone, he has walked alongside of hundreds of students in the undergraduate Business Division, teaching courses in accounting, statistics, and finance, to name only a few. His tenure at CU has been marked by a passion for teaching and commitment to academic excellence. Students describe him as a friend and mentor, and colleague Cindy Wiltheiss comments that he is a "multi-talented individual who has touched many departments and lives at Cornerstone."
Bos helped form and lead the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and has served on the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Executive Committee since its formation. He has received many awards over the years in recognition of his work, including the Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence, and, most recently, the Wally Schwartz Award, which is the highest award for a faculty athletics representative from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Bos and his wife, Rose, have been married 45 years. They have two daughters, and, according to him, three of the brightest and best looking grandchildren.
2016 Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Faculty Inductee
Dr. David Turner currently serves as Professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has earned an impressive array of degrees over the years, including a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Theology from Grace Theological Seminary, along with a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Hebrew Union College.
Turner has taught at GRTS since 1986, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the seminary. His course offerings include Greek and New Testament, primarily beginning Greek, exegesis in the Gospels, and English Bible electives. Drawing upon his extensive knowledge of Matthew's Gospel and the Jewish roots of the New Testament, Turner works to teach his students how to research and think about the Bible. His students describe him as "the only prolific New Testament scholar with extensive knowledge of Northern Michigan geology, ornithology, rock-n-roll, and Cincinnati baseball." These idiosyncrasies of the students' description point to the accessibility and relatability of Turner, despite an impressive and notable academic career.
Beyond the classroom, he is a prolific author of many works, including New Testament commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and academic journals. In 2008, he received the GRTS excellence in teaching award, and in 2014 the James Murray Grier Theological Educator Award. He and his wife, Beverly, have been married 44 years and enjoy exploring Northern Michigan together. Of his wife, Turner has said he is grateful to her for "believing in his dreams more deeply than he has."
Staff Hall of Honor
The Cornerstone University Staff Hall of Honor pays tribute to past and longtime current administrators of staff members for their uncompromising dedication, tireless service and unfailing commitment to the school and its students. These staff members continue to mark the university community and embody the mission of Cornerstone University, creating a student-focused learning environment where Jesus Christ is central.
2016 Staff Inductee
Lovila Hager worked at Cornerstone University for nearly 40 years, serving in the position of Controller. Hager came to CU in the late 50s, graduating with a Diploma in 1961, and with a Bachelor of Religious Education in 1968. In her role as Controller, Hager had a variety of responsibilities, from supervising the Business office, to preparing financial statements, to working directly with investment managers and auditors. In addition, she also met with students who were working on the affordability of college and paying school bills.
Scott Stewart, current Controller and Compliance Coordinator at CU, reflects back on his 10 years of working with Hager, saying, "She was a very understanding, kind, and generous person…once students got to know her and found out how much she cared for them, they loved her."
Indeed, students, staff, and faculty alike all loved Vi, as she was called. She approached her work with excellence, and her impact on the school is still felt. In 1977, she received the Alumnus of the Year award, being recognized for her meaningful contributions to CU and the broader community. Hager passed away on October 23, 2008.
2016 Staff Inductee
Keith DeBoer (B.A. '78; M.Div. '86) works as Dean of Student Services for our Professional and Graduate Studies division. He has been closely connected to Cornerstone since college, attending both the university and the seminary, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 and a Master of Divinity in 1986. In his 26 years of employment at CU, he has served in various capacities, beginning as Associate Dean of Students before transitioning to PGS.
In his current role as Dean, DeBoer handles many behind-the-scenes administrative tasks that help keep the program running smoothly. He also directly interacts with students, helping them achieve success not only in the classroom, but also in life after graduation. DeBoer says he especially loves graduation day, seeing the names and faces of so many students he has journeyed with throughout their academic programs.
His contribution to the university is recognized by his colleagues, who describe him as the "glue that holds PGS together." Longtime friend and former coworker Colleen Smith, describes him as "faithful, steady, and an incredible thinker." DeBoer met his wife of 37 years, Cheryl, on a blind date at Cornerstone. They have four children: Kelly, Kim, Kyle, and Ken; and nine grandchildren.
2016 Staff Inductee
Cindy Gregory Wiltheiss works as Director of Food Service at Cornerstone University. For 25 years, she has faithfully led Cornerstone's Food Service department, which became self-operating in 1990. In her role, she manages the reporting and budgeting operations of the department, develops staff members for positions of leadership, and mentors countless student workers.
Longtime colleague Lawrence Bos has said, "Cindy has the biggest heart for students on Cornerstone's campus that you will ever see." Wiltheiss views her position as more than just a job; saying she sees it as "an opportunity to serve, care for, and support students and faculty." One of her former student workers, Stephanie Owens, describes her as "someone who truly cares, who is always looking for ways to encourage and support people to become all they can be."
Beyond her work in Food Service, she is deeply involved in the community at CU, serving as a facilitator in Terra Firma, the university's first-year experience program. She has also worked on several community projects, including Habitat for Humanity. Wiltheiss and her husband, Sam, have been married for 39 years and have two daughters and three grandchildren.