Amanda Gray Idema ’97

  • 650_Amanda Gray Idema 97Alumnae/i Trustee
  • Director of advising and academic services, Michigan State University College of Engineering

Involvement: Class notes secretary, 2013–17: Wheaton Fund chair, 2003–12; Alumnae/i and Parent Admission Committee member, 1999–2013

Connection: “I stayed connected to Wheaton because of my love for the campus, the people, and the learning that takes place here. Someone’s giving (whether it was their time, their ideas or their money) made it possible for me to attend Wheaton, and I want to do the same for others.”

Goal: “Serving the board will allow me to connect to alumnae/i from all the class years. I look forward to being more involved in the big-picture strategic planning, and bringing my knowledge of higher education to the group. One of my goals is to explore how we might better connect alumnae/i, who are spread out in various parts of the country.”

Surprise: “In November 2011, I traveled to San Diego, courtesy of the U.S. Navy. I got a ride on a submarine, toured a couple of Navy bases, and attended the MSU/North Carolina basketball game (the Carrier Classic), which was played on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. I was sitting not too far away from President and Mrs. Obama! Unfortunately, MSU lost the game, but the experience was unforgettable.”

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