“Today we are naming the Olivet School of Business in honor of alumnus Mick McGraw. Mr. McGraw’s generous gifts will significantly strengthen our growing business degree programs.” - Dr. John C. Bowling, Olivet Nazarene University president
Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) October 10, 2017
To honor alumnus Michael “Mick” McGraw, Olivet Nazarene University president Dr. John C. Bowling announced that the Olivet School of Business would be renamed to the McGraw School of Business at Olivet Nazarene University. Dedicated on October 4th of 2017, the change was made to recognize the success and continued support of Mr. McGraw, CEO of Eastbrook Homes.
Mick McGraw received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Olivet School in 1972. After serving as vice president of the Union Bank and Trust for five years, Mr. McGraw joined the Eastbrook Development Company in 1979. He was named president in 1986, after the company experienced years of sustained growth under his leadership.
Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, Eastbrook Homes has become one of the largest privately held construction companies in the United States. Eastbrook’s use of green principles, energy efficient construction, and artfully designed communities has also led to Mick McGraw’s induction into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame.
Located in the Weber Center on the University’s main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois, The McGraw School of Business offers a variety of degrees in business administration, management, and marketing. Also offered are advanced degrees, such as Master of Business Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, and Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership.
Mr. McGraw credits the strong Christian principles and ethics taught by Olivet as the foundation of his success in business, and in life. During the dedication ceremony, Mr. McGraw stated, “I’m very proud of all that Olivet has accomplished, but I’m also proud that there has been no mission drift. The most important things have not changed.”
Mick McGraw and his wife, Lucy, live near Grand Rapids, Michigan. His philanthropic efforts for a variety of charities, and his ongoing financial support for the school are an inspiration to Olivet Nazarene University students and faculty, and to the West Michigan community.