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Joe Odenwald
Spotlight 2021

From farm boy to president: Odenwald finds a home at Southwestern Michigan College

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DOWAGIAC — When he starts talking, you can tell right away Joe Odenwald isn’t from around here.

But, he says, the people in his hometown of Ferriday, La., and the people of Dowagiac have a lot in common.

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Joe Odenwald, center, stands with his grandfather, Joseph Mitchell Odenwald, at left, his father, Jay Odenwald, at right, and his son, Joseph Franklin Odenwald, on the family farm in Louisiana in 2019. When he was growing up, his family leased and farmed the land. Now, they own it.

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