Distinguished alumnus returns to speak at MSU

Minot State University alumnus John Greenslit will visit Minot State University Jan. 22 as part of the Distinguished Alumni Series. His career journey has encompassed the areas of education, government service, business management, marketing and consulting, and sales, according to a press release issued by the university.

“I hope to share with students the need to master communication skills, accept adversity, develop support networks, seek mentors and maintain ethics, integrity and humility,” Greenslit said in a press release. “I also want to encourage them to never forget the background and support that provided their career-mobility opportunities, while recognizing family values.”

Greenslit will meet with students in fitness and physical education classes and tour MSU’s campus and its new Student Wellness Center. Within the community, he will present to the Kiwanis club, and meet with Ron Merritt, Minot Park District director.

After enjoying several career avenues, Greenslit was recruited in November 2010 to direct the Eaton County Parks Department, located in Grand Ledge, Mich. He manages nine county parks and over 306 acres at a combination of sites, trails and recreation facilities.

The Morton, Minn., native began his career at Minot State College, following his 1960 graduation; he substituted for a faculty member on sabbatical. During 1960-61, he was head tennis coach, assistant football coach and Minot Model High wrestling coach. He also started an intramural program and operated as the sports information office.

Greenslit taught middle school science and coached track and cross country and wrestling in St. James, Minn., from 1961 to 1963. While at St. James, he completed master’s degree coursework at Mankato State University and was named a National Science Foundation Scholar in geology and astronomy, studying at Carleton College.

The alumnus returned to his alma mater during 1964-66 as a health and physical education teacher, intramural director and assistant football coach. He also provided sports information to media and assisted with alumni relations. In 1966, Gov. William Guy appointed Greenslit to his cabinet as the director and state liaison officer for the North Dakota Outdoor Recreation Agency.

Greenslit received a master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation administration from Central Michigan University in 1976, after moving to Michigan in 1972.

“My work experiences all reflect my training as an educator at MSC, with a great diversity in career change, as challenges were presented. I seldom applied for a position, but frequently was recruited to initiate, change or replace various administrators,” Greenslit said.