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Community partnerships in spotlight Friday

April 21, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University alumnus, outgoing head of a local non-profit social service organization and soon-to-be executive at Southwest Michigan First will discuss community partnerships at his alma mater Friday, April 23, as part of the Keystone Breakfast Speaker Series.

Timothy R. Terrentine, will discuss "Empowering Community, One Partnership at a Time" in the Dean's Conference Room of Schneider Hall on the WMU campus. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the presentation at 8 a.m.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Terrentine has been executive director of the Douglass Community Association for four years and is leaving that post in May to join economic development organization Southwest Michigan First as an associate vice president. He graduated from WMU with a bachelor's degree in family studies and master's degree in interpersonal/intercultural communication.

The Douglass Community Association is a private, non-profit social service agency that has devoted more than a decade to empowering individuals to change their quality of life. Terrentine's extensive experience in speaking, training, coaching, consulting, program direction, curriculum development, strategic planning, teaching, writing and positive urban youth development has been credited as a catalyst for positive change in the community. He has worked in many arenas from teaching interpersonal communication at WMU to program development and direction for Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation Inc.

Terrentine's recent work includes the redevelopment and restructuring of a 90-year-old community service agency and the co-creation of the Kalamazoo Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and the Institute for New Leadership. Additionally, he serves on several boards and councils, including the Kalamazoo Public Schools Strategic Planning Team, Local Initiative Support Corp., Family Health Center, institutional review boards and many others.

His approach to leadership through community development and collaboration has had an impact on the community as reflected in recent awards and accomplishments. He was recently inducted into the WMU Alumni Hall of Fame in the School of Communication and received the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Award for Community Dedication. The superintendent of the local school district has heralded Terrentine an "inveterate social conscience." This sentiment extends to his leadership role in community development.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series is underwritten through the generosity of Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear prominent business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business issues and corporate strategies as well as key information regarding the continuing progress of the college.

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Media contact: Valorie Juergens, (269) 387-5964, valorie.juergens@wmich.edu

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