Tech to lose 2 key executives
HOUGHTON – Two key administrators will soon be leaving Michigan Technological University.
Shea McGrew, vice president for advancement, has accepted the same position at Bowling Green State University and will start in July. Dan Greenlee, chief financial officer, announced he will be retiring June 30, 2014.
McGrew was also offered a VP position at his alma mater, Marietta College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He earned his Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration at The Ohio State University.
He came to Tech in 2004 with 23 years of experience under his belt. He oversaw the divisions of alumni relations, marketing and communications, and advancement, serving as president of the university’s separate foundation, the Michigan Tech Fund. He has spearheaded Tech’s $200 million national fundraising campaign, which is wrapping up June 30.
“With the fundraising campaign here at Michigan Tech winding down, it was a natural time to look at my professional future,” McGrew said. “It was a difficult decision. The people at Michigan Tech have been terrific to work with. My wife Trudy and I will leave the Copper Country with mixed feelings – it’s a great place to live.”
BGSU is a public university in Ohio with about 20,000 students and 165,000 alumni. Its hockey program will start play this year in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and play regularly against Tech.
“In my nearly nine years at Tech, what stands out is the tremendous progress made,” McGrew said. “Tech is much stronger financially, has strong enrollment and is achieving its strategic plan. Not every school can boast of these things. Tech is great preparation for (BGSU) in several ways.”
Like Tech, it has a separate foundation and has a desire to invest in fundraising enterprise, which is becoming more important as state financial support declines.
Few people at Tech have had to handle the declining state support as much as Dan Greenlee, who announced last week he will retire as CFO at the end of June 2014.
“My wife and I have been discussing this for the past year. Wanting to travel and spend more time with family was the main driver,” Greenlee said.
“My past 12 years as CFO have been a time of great change and challenges. State appropriations being somewhat limited, we’ve had to find other sources of funding to compensate.
” It’s been challenging, but fun. You become more creative and learn to adapt quicker during a time of change, especially financial change.”
Greenlee, a Calumet native, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Tech in 1974 and is a certified public accountant in the State of Michigan.
He was a senior auditor and accounting supervisor for two different companies from 1974-81, and spent time with Laydon Enterprises Inc. until 1984, when he began a career at D&N Bank. He was named controller at Tech in 1999 and became CFO and treasurer for the Board of Control on Oct. 3, 2002.
“Being from Calumet and able to work for my alma mater, live and raise my children in the Copper Country was – and is – the best part,” Greenlee said. “This really is God’s country. I feel like the luckiest man in the world.”
He credited Tech President Glenn Mroz, other members of the executive team, faculty, staff and students for being great to work with.
His family will continue to enjoy their cottage in Twin Lakes, but with his kids living out west, he looks forward to skiing with his sons in Colorado and Utah.
A specific plan is still in the works to transitioning to another CFO.
“I look forward to the transition, while continuing the stability and consistency of our financial recording and reporting systems,” Greenlee said. “We will make it a smooth and seamless ‘passing of the baton.'”