The Kim Tunnicliff Endowment:
In support of individuals studying abroad, the Kim Tunnicliff Endowment seeks to provide Albion College students with financial support as they embark on experiential and international educational opportunities.
Kim Tunnicliff's life and legacy:
- Eligibility: Student must be engaged in an Albion-approved study abroad program. Preference shall go to a student studying in Russia, Africa or the Middle East, or to those who apply for an international program which includes independent field study or research. Preference is also given to members of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.
- Requirements: As a follow-up to their experience, recipients will prepare an academic project on campus (i.e. reflection paper, public presentation) upon their return.
- Read about previous fellows and their stories: David Utrata and Sydney Roeder.
- Highly qualified students are encouraged to apply for this prestigious fellowship.
Born in Davenport, Iowa, Kim Tunnicliff earned his B.A. in History and Political Science from Macalester College, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa. On January 7, 1984 he married Virginia (Ginny) Blum. Originally appointed at Albion in 1984 as a faculty member in Political Science, Dr. Tunnicliff led the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service from 1985 to 1999. Throughout his career, he worked to develop experiential and international educational experiences for college students. In 1988 he directed Albion College’s Great Lakes Jerusalem Program, spending a semester in Jordan, Israel, and Palestine with students.
Dedicated to the vibrancy of the political process, Tunnicliff served on Albion’s City Council from 1994-99 and served as mayor from 1997-99. He involved a number of his “Fordies” as his campaign staff during a run for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 7th District, narrowly losing to an incumbent candidate.
Tunnicliff left Albion to become vice president of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. He later served as Director of International Programs and Associate Professor of Political Science at Augustana College from 2007 to 2010 and then joined the College of Wooster in 2010. The quintessential professor, complete with a pipe, an acerbic sense of humor, and an always-open door for the students he tirelessly mentored, Tunnicliff was also highly regarded by his academic colleagues both at Albion and beyond. His passionate belief in public service brought the level of opportunities for Ford Institute students to new heights that have carried them forward to leadership positions all over the globe. This endowment was established to celebrate his life and the widespread and enduring impact of his legacy at the Ford Institute.