Leadership Macomb Creates Award to Honor Baker College President

October 04, 2013

Baker College-Torline Award
Don Torline, center, is the first recipient of the Donald R. Torline Leadership Legacy Award. He is surrounded by Leadership Macomb board members, front row, Terry Gibb, Joie West, Randy Wylin, Diana Rascano, Karen Smith, Kathleen Zenisek, Steve Krajnik, Stan Simek, Jim Sawyer.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Baker College of Clinton Township President Donald R. Torline was surprised to receive an award from Leadership Macomb at a recent breakfast meeting. He was even more surprised that the award was named the Donald R. Torline Leadership Legacy Award.

“Don has been consistently supportive of Leadership Macomb since he was inducted into its second class of participants in 1996,” said Karen Smith, Leadership Macomb executive director. “With sincere appreciation and gratitude for his personal and professional support, the board of directors wanted to honor him in a special way. This award will be presented annually to an individual in Don’s honor. It’s fitting that the first recipient is Don.”

Leadership Macomb is a non-for-profit organization that seeks to create a network of informed Macomb County community leaders; enable graduates of its annual nine-month program and others to engage in civic leadership; and strengthen organizational and community relationships. More than 500 individuals representing more than 100 organizations have participated in the program.

“Don has been an incredible role model for established and rising leaders and, thus, has set a high standard for future award recipients,” said Steve Krajnik, Leadership Macomb Board of Directors president.

The board of directors has established the following qualifications for recipients:

  • demonstrates a generous heart and kind spirit
  • supports Leadership Macomb through monetary contributions and/or significant time commitments, consistently for at least five years
  • remains actively involved in Leadership Macomb for at least five years
  • represents Leadership Macomb and Macomb County in a positive, professional manner
  • has a positive impact on his/her organization and Macomb County
  • is actively involved in Macomb County community service initiatives

“I’m honored and humbled by the creation of this award,” Torline said. “I receive so much gratification and joy by being associated with this incredible organization. Our community and organizations are better and stronger because of the individuals who are inspired by Leadership Macomb programming. I profusely thank my peers who have made such a touching, thoughtful gesture.”

More information about Leadership Macomb is at

The Baker College System