CMU's College of Business Hall of Fame inducts inaugural class

Induction into the CBA Hall of Fame is highest honor awarded by the college
Roger L. Kesseler and Leonard E. Plachta

Central Michigan University will honor the late former CMU President Leonard E. Plachta and Roger L. Kesseler, retired vice president and controller of The Dow Chemical Co., at the College of Business Administration’s inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Bovee University Center’s Rotunda.

The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the induction ceremony at 7:15 p.m.

“Both Leonard and Roger have worked diligently to bring a positive change for their businesses, communities, our college and the university,” said Chuck Crespy, dean of the College of Business Administration. “They are examples of what can start right here at CMU.”

Kesseler, ’58, dedicated his career to The Dow Chemical Co. starting in 1969 and became vice president in 1984. Kesseler was integral in the development of the Applied Business Studies Complex, renovations of Park Library and the construction of the Education and Human Services Building, established the James. C. Gillingham Academic Center at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, and many scholarship opportunities. He also served as a CMU Board of Trustees chairman.

Plachta was the 11th president of CMU, serving from 1992 to 2000. In addition, he served as a university professor, chair of the School of Accounting and dean of the College of Business Administration. During his time as dean, he led CBA and the School of Accounting to earn the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation.

Located in Grawn Hall’s Pranger Recognition Hallway, the CBA Hall of Fame features photos and videos displaying the character and achievements of honorees.

To achieve this highest honor awarded by the college, nominees must illustrate exceptional leadership, significant success in business, and be a CBA graduate or former CBA faculty member.