Michael Baughman has spent a lifetime representing and serving the people of Jackson County. He began practicing law in 1956 in Jackson. A committed alumnus, he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1968 and served 30 years. An advocate for programs that enhanced student achievement and the performing arts, one of the Potter Center’s three theaters is named in his honor.
Michael Baughman chose to attend Jackson Junior College in the 1940s for the same reason many students choose it today — a quality education, available close to home.
Baughman first attended the Junior College from 1947-49 after graduating from St. Mary’s High School. He studied pre-law before transferring to Albion College to complete his bachelor’s degree, then on to the University of Michigan Law School for his juris doctor degree. Baughman was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1956, and has practiced law in the Jackson area since.
“It made it possible for me to attend the Junior College for two years, and live at home,” Baughman said. “And I knew it was a quality education. I thought I was very well-prepared to be successful at Albion College and later at U. of M.”
Baughman returned after being elected to serve on the Jackson Community College Board of Trustees in 1968, when the new campus was just starting in its current location in Summit Township. He continued to serve the board for 30 years, and was chairman from 1995-’98. Baughman was an advocate for programs that enhanced student achievement and for the performing arts — one of The Potter Center’s three theaters is named in his honor.
He was instrumental in the College’s transition to a “learning college,” one that encourages continued quality and learning at all levels and encourages students to be actively involved in their learning process.