On Oct. 12, 1948, Gov. John Engler was born in Mt. Pleasant. Engler grew up in Beal City and attended Michigan State University. He made history at the time by being elected to the state House at age 22, which was a modern record. He stayed in the Legislature until 1990, serving in the House and the Senate until Michigan voters elected him Governor.
Engler ended up serving three terms as Governor, being the last governor whose entire term was not impacted by term limits. Engler now lives in Virginia. He previously served as president the National Association of Manufacturers, but is now president of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of U.S. corporations.
Update: Following President Lou Anna Simon’s resignation due to the Larry Nasser scandal, Engler was selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as interim President until all the problems related to Larry Nassar (including a $500 million payout for victims) were settled.