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Albion Interactive History / People

Mayor William K. Stoffer
37th Mayor, 1984-1986
9th Albion Civic Foundation President, 1983


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Herman C. Stoffer started Albion Machine and Tool Company in 1927. He was later joined by his son William R. Stoffer. William K. Stoffer joined the company in 1975 and became its President in 1980. Since 1994, he continues to serve as CEO and Chairman of AMTCO.

In 1994 Robert L. Herwarth was appointed president of AMTCO. He started as an apprentice in 1952, and held almost every position in the company during his career. James C. Herwarth began in 1979 as an apprentice and has worked his way through a series of positions into management.

Albion Machine serves a variety of food processing, automotive, plastics, and aerospace companies. Major additions in 1980 and 1997 have doubled the capacity of the factory. Today, Albion Machine remains commited to providing on time delivery and high quality customer service.

Source: Albion Machine and Tool Company web site, [downloaded September 2003]

ALBION, Mich. – AlbionCollege is celebrating agoal that few othercolleges or universities inthe United States havereached: 51 percentalumni giving, andcounting. With the June30 completion of the $1.5million Stoffer Challenge,the College’s alumnigiving rate has risen to 51percent during the 2002-2003 fiscal year.Ben Hancock, vicepresident for InstitutionalAdvancement, noted thatall the gifts postmarkedbefore June 30 have notyet been recorded, and that many are still arriving at the College. This could result in arate of more than 51 percent alumni giving, he said, once the financial books for the2002-2003 fiscal year are closed.

With more than half of its alumni making gifts to the College—up from 48 percent lastyear—the College receives $1.5 million in matching funds from trustee William K. Stoffer(pictured above left, during the “50%” celebration in the College’s FergusonBuilding, with Marcia Hepler Starkey ’74, Albion College Director of Alumni andParent Relations and Annual Giving), a 1974 Albion graduate and the CEO of AlbionMachine and Tool Co. The steady increase in alumni participation in the five yearssince the Stoffer Challenge was launched in 1998 has ranked Albion 16th in an elite listof schools across the country that boast high numbers of gifts from their graduates.”A 51 percent alumnigiving rate places Albionamong the top colleges inthe nation for alumniloyalty and support,” saidAlbion College PresidentPeter T. Mitchell.

“More important, it captures the deep and abiding affection and appreciation Albion grads feeltoward their alma mater. This level of commitment and generosity certainly validates aphrase we are using in our current capital campaign: ‘challenging minds andtransforming lives.’ Indeed, for 168 years Albion faculty have challenged minds andhelped transform lives and prepared Albion students for successful careers, but also forlives of meaning and purpose. The fact that more than half our alumni contribute to thecollege is a powerful affirmation of the value of the Albion Experience.“We are indebted to Bill Stoffer for the vision to see the value of increasing our alumnigiving rate as a driving force for implementing our vision, Liberal Arts at Work. Bill alsopossesses the courage to make the commitment and the generosity to be the biggestcheerleader for the effort to surpass 50 percent. He is the only person I know who canbe thrilled by the fact that he just gave away $1.5 million.”

Out of more than 1,300 colleges and universities in the U.S., Albion is ranked 16th withits 51 percent alumni giving rate (click here to view the top schools in the country inalumni giving percentage). In Michigan, Albion tops the list of alumni giving amongprivate colleges and universities, as reported in the 2003 edition of U.S. News andWorld Report America’s Best Colleges. The average alumni giving rate of the state’sother Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association colleges is 28 percent alumni giving,according to the U.S. News and World Report publication. Michigan’s six largest stateuniversities average 12 percent alumni giving, according to America’s Best Colleges.”Truly the Stoffer Challenge evolved from a desire to give back to the College that gave so much to me,” Stoffer said. “I wanted to create the kind of world-class speakers’ program that I saw at Albion College in the 1970s when I attended.”

The money from the Stoffer Challenge funds the annual William K. Stoffer Lecture, which theCollege presents in conjunction with its opening convocation each fall. James Earl Jones was the inaugural Stoffer Lecturer in August 2002. This August, Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will be the speaker.

Stoffer indicated he hoped the lecture series would bring the College and the Greater Albioncommunity closer together. Stoffer’s gift was made as part of the Liberal Arts At Work:Challenging Minds, Transforming Lives capital campaign, which aims to raise $145 million insupport of the College’s Vision and other endowment and facilities goals.

In fiscal year 1997-98, the year before the Stoffer Challenge began, Albion’s alumnigiving sat at 36.5 percent. When the Stoffer Challenge was initiated the following year,the percentage of alumni gifts to Albion rose to 42.5 percent, and then climbed to 44percent in fiscal year 1999-2000, 46 percent in 2000-2001, and 48 percent last year.Marcia Hepler Starkey ’74, Albion College Director of Alumni and Parent Relations andAnnual Giving who oversees the College’s Annual Fund and who spearheaded theStoffer Challenge, said that five years ago reaching the 50 percent mark looked like animpossible task.

“But every year as we gained momentum and built on the previous year’s success, Icould see that it was all possible,” Starkey said. “After Bill Stoffer made the Challenge,we put the mechanics together to make this happen—but if you didn’t love AlbionCollege it was not going to happen. We made it possible so that alumni could showtheir love for their College. The schools that we are now in company with aretraditionally fine, long-standing, top tier schools. It’s because Albion is a great schoolthat we are able to do this.”

Opportunities for giving to Albion College still are available. Individuals with Internetaccess may donate online by visiting the College’s online giving pages, , or donors may call the College’s Office of Alumni and ParentRelations at 517-629-0448. Donation also may be sent to the Albion College Office ofAnnual Giving, 611 E. Porter Street, Albion, Mich. 49224.

Albion College is an independent, coeducational, residential college founded more than165 years ago in Albion, Mich. Committed to the liberal arts tradition and the theme of“Liberal Arts at Work,” the College is a regional and national leader in academics,technology, and the arts. Dedicated to preserving the values of the past, to serving theneeds of the present, and to anticipating the goals of the future, Albion is the first private college in Michigan to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. With more than 50 percent of its alumni donating to the college in the 2002-2003 fiscal year, Albion College is ranked16th in the nation among colleges and universities in the percentage of alumni whodonate to their alma maters.

Source: Albion College Office of Information, “Albion Reaches 51 Percent Alumni Giving, Marking Successful Stoffer Challenge”, Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2003

ALBION, Mich. – Albion College has bestowed one of its highest honors on one of its most generous benefactors. Trustee William K. Stoffer, a 1974 Albion graduate and founder of the annual William K. Stoffer Lecture series, was awarded the Briton Medallion by President Peter Mitchell during this year’s lecture at the College’s Opening Convocation Aug. 28. Duke University men’s head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski gave the 2003 Stoffer Lecture at the convocation. Stoffer is only the fifth recipient of the Briton Medallion.

CEO of Albion Machine and Tool Co. and a former mayor of the City of Albion, Stoffer [pictured above and left, with Albion College President Peter Mitchell] sponsored the $1.5 million Stoffer Challenge, a successful five-year push to increase Albion’s alumni giving rate to 50 percent. When all donations were counted, Albion’s alumni giving rate exceeded 51 percent last year, with more than half of the College’s graduates making gifts to their alma mater. This giving rate puts Albion first in the state of Michigan and 16th in the nation among colleges and universities. Presenting the medallion to Stoffer, Mitchell recognized the “extraordinary service you have given in enhancing the quality and reputation of Albion College.”

“I think the title of Coach Krzyzewski’s book, ‘Leading with the Heart,’ could easily be applied to your life and achievements,” Mitchell said to Stoffer [pictured at far right, with 2003 Stoffer Lecturer Mike Krzyzewski, left, and Albion College President Peter Mitchell]. “You have shown superb leadership in the Greater Albion community, unstinting generosity to Albion College, and consummate skill in developing an enduring partnership between the College and the community. We present this medallion with the deepest gratitude.”

Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee of the College’s Board of Trustees, Stoffer also serves on the Board’s Executive Committee. Stoffer’s $1.5 million gift was made as part of the Liberal Arts At Work: Challenging Minds, Transforming Lives capital campaign, which aims to raise $140 million in support of the College’s Vision, science complex improvements, and other endowment and facilities goals. Stoffer’s gift funds the annual Stoffer Lecture, which the College presents in conjunction with its Opening Convocation each fall. James Earl Jones was the inaugural Stoffer Lecturer in August 2002. Stoffer indicated he hoped the lecture series would bring the College and the Greater Albion community closer together.

Truly the Stoffer Challenge evolved from a desire to give back to the College that gave so much to me,” said Stoffer, a religious studies and psychology major and member of the Sigma Nu fraternity during his student days at Albion. “I wanted to create the kind of world-class speakers’ program that I saw at Albion College in the 1970s when I attended.”

The Briton Medallion is presented to alumni and friends who have made significant and sustained contributions to the College through financial support or volunteer service, commitment, and advocacy. Briton Medallion recipients are selected by the Board of Trustees. Previous recipients are Dr. William Anderson, ’37, of San Antonio, Tex.; Roy Karro, of Detroit, Mich.; Dr. Thomas Schwaderer, ‘56, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Joyce Ferguson, of Armonk, N.Y.

Source: Albion College, Office of Communications, “William Stoffer Receives Briton Medallion”, Posted September 10, 2003.

Bill Stoffer with students who made phone calls to alumni as part of the Stoffer Challenge.

Source: Io Triumphe, 1999.