The Michigan Townships Association presented its Lifetime Service Award to Kenneth VerBurg, a professor emeritus from the Michigan State University Extension State and Local Government Program.
The Lansing resident retired after 30 years as a professor at MSU. He authored the book, “Managing a Modern Michigan Township”–long considered one of the fundamental manuals for township officials.
At MSU, VerBurg was a professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Resource Development, and Community Development Programs for the Institute for Community Development. He also was associate dean for the Lifelong Education Program. Previously, he was business manager at Grand Valley State University, and he also worked at the Michigan Department of Education. In 2010, he served as chairman of the State Boundary Commission.
The award was presented to VerBurg during the Michigan Townships Association’s 60th annual statewide educational conference and expo in Detroit.