The Investiture of
President Russell A. Kavalhuna, J.D.

Henry Ford College faculty, staff, students, and members of our local community are invited to attend the official investiture of Russell A. Kavalhuna, J.D., as the President of Henry Ford College on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

An investiture is a ceremony that formally confers the authority of an office. It usually takes place during a new president’s first year in office. For Henry Ford College, the investiture will be a public opportunity to come together, celebrate the College and our community, and to welcome a new era of leadership and vision. The event will also recognize the longstanding legacy of the College's 80 years of service and community connections.

Details and RSVP

Event Details

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Formal program begins with a choral performance at 5:50; remarks begin at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn
Attire: Recommended attire is business or semi-formal.
Map / directions: Google map to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, approximately 5 minutes from the Henry Ford College campus.
Parking: Ample free parking is provided on-site at the Center.
Questions: Please contact Jennifer Chapman, or 313-845-6455.


The official RSVP period has passed. If you still need to RSVP, please call Jennifer Chapman at 313-845-6455.

Russell A. Kavalhuna, J.D.

Russell Kavalhuna joined Henry Ford College as the institution's sixth president in July 2018. The role unites his passions for public service, education, and institutional leadership.

He was previously the Executive Director of the Western Michigan University College of Aviation, and also served as an attorney and a commercial airline pilot.

Mr. Kavalhuna was appointed to three terms on the Michigan Aeronautics Commission by both Democratic and Republican governors, and he served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Commission. The Commission is a state-wide body with all aviation rule-making and appropriations authority for the state of Michigan.

Previously, he served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Grand Rapids, and he was a senior lawyer for the Michigan Supreme Court. He has taught at Cooley Law School.

Mr. Kavalhuna earned his undergraduate degree in aviation science from Western Michigan University, his juris doctor from WMU Cooley Law School, and has undertaken doctoral coursework at WMU.

Read his complete bio here.

Event Program and Speakers

The investiture will be a public, community celebration. The program will begin with a performance by the HFC musical group Blue Fusion, singing Pro Bono Omnium (For the Good of All), the Henry Ford College school song. Master of Ceremonies: John McDonald, President, Henry Ford College Federation of Teachers Event speakers will include:

  • Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr., City of Dearborn (O'Reilly bio - external link)
  • U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (Dingell bio - external link)
  • U.S. Magistrate, Judge Phillip J. Green (Green bio)
  • HFC Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Michael Meade (Meade bio)
  • HFC President Russell A. Kavalhuna (Kavalhuna bio)

Chair Meade will invest President Kavalhuna with the Presidential Medallion and the College Mace, signifying the rights and responsibilities of the Office of the President.

The formal program will be preceded and followed by hors d’oeuvres.


For our guests who are visiting from out of town, you may seek accommodations at any area hotel. We are able to recommend two high-quality hotels near the HFC campus and the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center that are offering discounts for our guests. Mention the Henry Ford College Investiture to receive significantly discounted rates at The Dearborn Inn or The Henry hotel.