Dr. Joe Schwarz

Dr. Joe Schwarz

Board Member

John J.H. Schwarz earned a BA in History from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts in 1959 and an  MD from Wayne State University in 1964. His internship was at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. After serving with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and as Assistant U.S. Naval Attache’ in Indonesia, Schwarz spent two years with the Central Intelligence Agency in Southeast Asia.  He completed his residency training in otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary-Harvard Medical School in 1973. Since 1974 Schwarz has been in private practice in Battle Creek, Michigan, his hometown. From 1979 until 1986 he was City Commissioner then Mayor of Battle Creek.  Schwarz served in the Michigan Senate for sixteen years, 1987-2003.


He was President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 1993 to 2003. He chaired the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education for twelve years, overseeing State support for all fifteen of Michigan’s public universities. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives 2005-2007.  


Schwarz is the author of the legislation which established the Michigan Nursing Scholarship Program, and played a key role in the birth of the Life Science Corridor and the Michigan Merit Scholarships. At the University of Michigan, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for L.S. & A., the Visiting Committee of the Ford School of Public Policy, and on the National Advisory Board for the Depression Center at the U of M Medical Center. He has been a Lecturer at the Ford School of Public Policy at U of M since 2007.  Schwarz was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2002. His daughter, Brennan, graduated from L. S. & A. in 1996 and from the Ford School of Public Policy in 2000. He is the recipient of nine honorary degrees.

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