LANSING, Mich. (6/17/09)--Patrick McPharlin, Michigan State University (MSU) FCU president/CEO, was named recipient of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the Michigan Credit Union League’s (MCUL) highest honor. In making its recommendation, the awards committee noted that McPharlin is a mentor and friend to many within the Michigan credit union community and the national credit union system. He has been a leader in community involvement and encouraged other credit unions to make similar efforts, the league said (Michigan Monitor
June 15). McPharlin has been active in strengthening the credit union movement in Michigan, including serving as a member of the Michigan Credit Union Act modernization working group--even though MSU FCU in East Lansing is federally chartered. He has served on other committees for the Lansing Chapter and MCUL, including Lansing Chapter chairperson; MCUL alternate director; vice chair, secretary and trustee for the Legislative Action Fund; member of the chapter leaders steering committee; legislative representative for the Lansing Chapter; and member of the bankruptcy task force. McPharlin will receive the award during the 2009 MCUL Annual Convention and Exposition July 9-11. Other award winners announced by the league’s board include American 1 FCU (Jackson) President/CEO David Puckett, who will receive the Credit Union Professional of the Year award, and Communicating Arts CU, Detroit, which will receive the Outstanding Credit Union of the Year award. Puckett was noted as an innovator in new products and services for members, and for his heavy involvement in Jackson and the surrounding communities. Communicating Arts was hailed for its large impact on an economically impoverished area--specifically the opening of a new branch in Highland Park--and its active community involvement.