Generous gift from Towsley Foundation to expand Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellowship

October 19, 2015

The Ford School is pleased to announce the expansion of the Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellowship through a generous $750,000 pledge from the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation.

When established with an estate gift from longtime Ford School friend and benefactor Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker, the pilot fellowship was intended to send one competitively selected master's student to Washington, DC each winter to complete a six-month assignment with a senator or representative from the State of Michigan delegation. The Towsley Foundation’s gift will expand the endowment, allowing the Ford School to support additional Riecker Fellows in the years ahead.

The first Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellow will be hosted by the Office of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the senior member of the Michigan delegation, from January 4 to June 30, 2016, allowing a student to lend support during the winter legislative session. The fellow will work under the direction of Senator Stabenow’s chief of staff and the legislative assistant who is leading the policy portfolio to which the fellow is assigned.

For more information about the Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellowship, please visit

About Ranny Riecker

Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker (HLLD '05), who passed away in Midland, Mich., on April 7, 2014, was among the Ford School's most generous volunteers and supporters. Her philanthropy through the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation (where she was president), the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation (where she was chair), and personal giving with her late husband John Riecker (AB '52, JD '54), has been instrumental in the Ford School's advancement over the years:

A former Republican National Committee member, Ranny Riecker was a frank advocate for a Michigan characterized by a diverse economic base, effective health care, informed policy, civility in public life, a vital nonprofit sector, and respect for the value of education.