Latent Emissions, Chakaia Booker
President of the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art
In 2005, Paul Stevenson was chairing a local Notre Dame alumni club meeting when he met Chuck Loving and Celeste Ringuette, who were invited to address the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley gathering that night. Paul was so impressed with what he heard about the Snite and the caliber of the museum that evening, that he accepted an invitation to become a Friend of the Snite in the spring of the following year.
Paul was born in Lockport, NY, a suburb of Buffalo, and raised in Indianapolis, IN and Hinsdale, IL. He earned his undergraduate degree in business from Notre Dame in 1978. Following graduation, he joined GE Healthcare (formerly GE Medical Systems), as part of their corporate marketing and leadership program.
He held several sales and marketing management assignments at GE's division headquarters in Milwaukee, as well as Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, Denver, and Los Angeles during his career in diagnostic imaging. After nine corporate relocations, Paul took an education leave of absence from GE and returned to Notre Dame for graduate school, earning a Master of Arts degree in 1993.
After completing is M.A., Paul established more permanent roots in South Bend. He currently works a sales and marketing consultant, and has served as an adjunct faculty member in business and communications at Trine University the past 12 years, teaching classes ranging from entrepreneurship to international business.
In addition to his work on the board of the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art, Paul has been president of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley three times. He currently serves as past president and treasurer of the club. He also recently completed a three year term on the board of Make a Difference Michiana.
Paul established the W. James and Mary Jo Stevenson scholarship in 1995 at the University of Notre Dame in memory of his parents. Scholarship priority is given to students from his parents' hometown high school in Lockport, NY, followed by worthy applicants from the western suburbs of Chicago or Erie and Niagara Counties in NY.
Paul has been active in marketing the Snite to the local Notre Dame alumni as well as to the greater South Bend community. He has worked tirelessly to make the Snite Museum known outside of the sphere of the local community and to devise programs that merge both the interests of Notre Dame alumni and the Snite Museum. He has been successful with these endeavors and the Friends salute Paul for his work.
- Celeste Ringuette, President Emerita, Friends of the Snite