Against the backdrop of beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Wittenberg University’s 15th President Michael L. Frandsen officially concluded his 10-month-long alumni engagement tour, aptly titled “Miles With Mike,” on July 19. President Frandsen, with spouse Sharon for most of the stops, traveled a total of 24,347 miles in less than a year, learning from Wittenberg alumni who graduated as far back as 1947 to the present about the life-changing role the university has played in their lives.
“Sharon and I are most thankful for the extraordinary welcome we received from Wittenberg alumni on the road during my inaugural year as president,” President Frandsen said. “Hearing their stories, discovering where their Wittenberg education has taken them, and seeing Wittenberg’s mission in action in their own lives and communities reaffirmed the power of this university to help students find their passion and purpose. We will forever be grateful for this opportunity.”
The Miles With Mike Tour included 31 stops in cities and towns across the country beginning with Indianapolis, Ind., on Sept. 27, 2017. Wittenberg's Alumni Board was also represented at 28 of the 31 stops with Vikki Hooper '78, past Alumni Board president, helping to coordinate the attendance.
At each event, alumni present also received a commemorative, concert-inspired T-shirt, featuring the stops and the number of miles to each location from the university’s hometown of Springfield on the back. Alumni also received a presidential update on the university with an accompanying time for questions.