4-H Emerald Clover Society

Anthony F. Korican

Class Year: 2010

County: Monroe

Title: Public School Education Administrator Landscaping business owner

“When I joined 4-H, little did I know of the impact 4-H would have on me.In view of my 4-H experiences, I soon realized that goals and dreams came to fruition through perseverance, dedication and discipline of one’s self. I believe my success in both my professional and personal life can be attributed unequivocally to the immeasurable learned life skills and intrinsic values acquired through 4-H.”

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Anthony Korican has devoted his career to educating youth. He served as a vocational agriculture and biology teacher, FFA advisor, and elementary/middle school principal. He then served two years as the Berrien County 4-H youth agent before becoming the implementer for Berrien County Vocational Technical Education. He then served 19 years as the principal of Bridgman High School and the following 10 years as the director of the West Berrien County Career/Technical Education Consortium until retiring in 1998. Korican is currently sole proprietor of a landscaping business. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Michigan State University. Korican is very active in his community serving 20 years as the Berrien County 4-H Foundation director and currently chairs the resource development committee. He also serves as a member of the Lakeshore Lions Club, Lakeshore Rotary Club, Lakeshore High School Auto-Tech Advisory, Lincoln Charter Township Planning Commission, Berrien County Parks and Recreation Commission, Southwest Michigan Regional Sanitary Sewer and Water Authority, the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel of Berrien County and the Knights of Columbus. Korican was the recipient of the Michigan Council of Vocational Administrators Region VII Vocational Technical Administrative Leadership Award and at Bridgman High School he received both the Michigan and National Outstanding Secondary School Award during his tenure. He has also been honored as the Lakeshore Rotary Club’s Outstanding Rotarian of the Year and as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.