2006 Distinguished Alumnus
DANIEL OGLESBY, '74
Grand Valley Alumnus, Daniel Oglesby, ’74, is the senior vice president of human resources for Spectrum Health. He gained more than 20 years of human resource management working in senior level positions in numerous Fortune 500 companies before returning to Michigan in 1999. He took his knowledge and expertise in mergers and acquisitions to Amway (now Alticor) and served as director of human resource business productions. Two years later, he took the position at Spectrum Health where he focuses on the importance of employee recognition and respect. By ensuring the value of employees, Oglesby helped Spectrum Health earn a spot in the 101 best places to work in West Michigan in 2004.
Setting the bar high, Oglesby was the first African American to become councilman and elected mayor of Muskegon in 1985. The following year, he was voted to the wall of distinction for Western Michigan University. He was also the highest senior-level African American during his time at Corporate Express, Alticor, and Sealed Power.
Oglesby earned his B.S. in health sciences from GVSU and continued his education at Western Michigan where he earned his M.A. in public administration. He also attended the University of Michigan’s graduate school of business, human resource executive program. He is involved with several organizations such as United Way, Grand Rapids Urban League, Junior Achievement, and the Grand Rapids Workforce Development Council. He is also senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center which he founded with his wife, JoAnne, in 2002.
Oglesby and his wife live in Grand Rapids. The couple has two sons who are also active in the church.