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MCC announces 2021 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Retiree

Featured photo: Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, president of Mott Community College, Dorothy Elizabeth Jordan and Sgt. John Fontana, president of the MCC Alumni Association, and MCC public safety officer.

(FLINT, Mich., Nov. 11, 2021) –Three outstanding Mott Community College (MCC) alumni and an MCC retiree received the MCC 2021 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Retiree Awards at a dinner Thursday, Nov. 4 in the MCC Event Center on the main campus in Flint.

Each year, MCC recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary service and exemplary leadership in a variety of areas. This year’s honorees include Alumni Dr. Dorothy Elizabeth Jordan, Carol Todd Robinson, Joe Wilson. Jennie Welliver was honored as MCC’s Outstanding Retiree recipient this year.

The Distinguished Alumni honorees are selected by a screening committee based upon their outstanding achievements as role models, visionary leaders and community servants. Outstanding retirees are selected by the MCC Executive Cabinet. In addition, the individuals honored as Distinguished Alumni will have their photographs displayed in the Alumni Hall of the Event Center where all previous honorees are featured.

2021 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Elizabeth Jordan

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, president of Mott Community College, Dr. Dorothy Elizabeth Jordan and Sgt. John Fontana, president of the MCC Alumni Association, and MCC public safety officer.

Dr. Dorothy Elizabeth Jordan graduated from Mott Community College in 1989 with an Applied Science in Child Development.  In 1990, she became the first person to ever receive the Honors Associate in Applied Science, High Honors. She graduated from UM-Flint in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree, earned a master’s degree in child development, followed by a doctorate degree in family and child ecology.

Jordan is the founder of Charity United Methodist Montessori & Child Development Daycare Center.  She also served as director of curriculum for the UAW-GM Child Development Center, executive director of the Michigan Home-Based Child Care Council, adjunct lecturer in the UM-Flint and MCC and  education director for early childhood programs for Genesee Intermediate School District.

Her volunteerism includes the American Montessori Society, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Pierians Inc., Genesee County Medical Society Alliance and the MCC Early Childhood Advisory Committee.

Carol Todd Robinson

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, president of Mott Community College, Carol Todd Robinson and Sgt. John Fontana, president of the MCC Alumni Association and MCC public safety officer.

Carol Todd Robinson attended Mott Community College and transferring to the UM-Flint to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She received her master’s degree from Jackson State University in guidance counseling. At MCC, she was active in the choir and the Junior Urban League career explorers.

Her career began as a GED teacher for the Flint Urban League, followed by Raymond Hinds Community College where she worked as an academic counselor.  In 2004, she began working with the Jackson Public School District as a parent coordinator.  She supervised fifty school Parent Resource Centers and served as a compliance monitor for federal programs until her retirement.

Her volunteerism includes the NAACP, National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is also the founder and president of the first Minority Business Phone Directory of the state of Mississippi.

Joe Wilson

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, president of Mott Community College, Joe Wilson and Sgt. John Fontana, president of the MCC Alumni Association and MCC public safety officer.

Joe Wilson graduated Mott Community College when it was Genesee Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in police administration from Wayne State University, followed by a master’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Wilson served the Flint Police Department as a patrol officer and detective, and was promoted to sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He was awarded the Meritorious Citation for Life Saving, the highest honor from the FPD.

In 1981, Wilson was hired as the first director of criminal justice at MCC, responsible for developing the curriculum and hiring faculty. He was integral in instituting the Ferris State University extension program and has been an adjunct instructor at MCC since 1985. Additionally, he has been faculty at Ferris State, Michigan State, UM-Flint and Saginaw Valley State universities.

His third career started when he was elected county sheriff, a position held for four terms. His final career is as a security consultant.

2021 Outstanding Retiree Award

Jennie Welliver

Jennie Welliver retired from Mott Community College in 2020 after 30 years of service. She was a full time faculty member in the position of academic success specialist in the counseling and student development division and also a adjunct communications instructor in the humanities division.

Welliver reached out and motivated students in her role as a full time academic advisor. Welliver worked tirelessly with individual students to achieve success at Mott, and prepared many of them to transfer on to university to pursue their personal career goals.

Welliver brought a positive attitude to work every day, limitless energy, a passion to learn and a willingness to engage with colleagues to meet the needs of Mott Community College students.

For more information about this program, contact The Foundation for Mott Community College at 810-762-0425.

Mott Community College is a place of purpose and possibility. Mott is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With almost 100 academic and occupational degree programs, Mott helps students prepare for an ever-changing world. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associates degree programs and one-year certification programs, Mott helps ensure that all students find their path.

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