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Accountant joins SMC Foundation board

Accountant joins SMC Foundation board

DOWAGIAC - The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees has confirmed the appointment of Elkhart, Ind., accountant Ann McCuistion to a three-year term on the SMC Foundation board.

McCuistion, who lives in Jones, studied accounting at SMC as a career change after earning a bachelor's degree at Texas Tech University to teach high school science. With teaching jobs in short supply, she worked for three years for an accounting firm in Texas.

The native Texan enrolled at SMC after her husband Michael's job with Edward Lowe brought them to Southwest Michigan in 1981. Mike has also taken SMC classes.

McCuistion, president of Elkhart Rotary Club, is a CPA and partner in Cornerstone CPA Group LLP.

Except for three years with Michigan National Bank in Cassopolis as a bank teller and credit analyst, McCuistion has been employed in accounting for almost 40 years.

"I am solutions-oriented, work hard at being connected, do the marketing for our firm and love enabling and encouraging people to succeed at whatever they are doing," McCuistion said.

McCuistion, who enjoys hiking, reading and biology, said she hopes to "increase community exposure to this great county asset and increase Cass County student count" through her foundation service.

"Cass County is a wonderful rural environment, and SMC gives so many kids a boost into four-year degrees," said McCuistion, who pursued master's-level courses in accounting and business at Western Michigan University.

The foundation ensures all eligible students have financial access to college education, SMC reported. The nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation established in 1970 bridges the gap between students' needs and resources with scholarships.

The foundation in 2017 embarked on a major gift initiative to provide funding for the Nursing and Health Education Building under construction on the Dowagiac campus.

For information on supporting Building Healthy Futures, visit the new web site, healthy-futures.swmich.edu. or contact Tom Atkinson at (269) 782-1276 or tatkinson@swmich.edu for more information.