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Seattle University will be holding a memorial service after fall quarter begins so that the educational community may come together to recognize and celebrate his life. Please check back for more information.
If you have memories or anecdotes to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to share with us and/or share on the Dignity Memorial guestbook.
Michael was a man of such grace and commitment that it
was an honor to be a colleague. As a school superintendent he was a passionate
leader on behalf of children. His sense of justice and equity set a standard
for all who worked with him – or even around him. At the college he set the bar
high for those who wanted to become leaders. Students could not pass through
the Seattle University Executive Leadership program without understanding the
deep obligations to children and schools that came with the principal or
superintendent certificates. I will miss him dearly.
– Art Jarvis
Dean Schmitt and Dr. Silver enlisted me to help them design the Executive Leadership Program for Superintendents at SU in 2006. Since the new program was launched with the first cohort in 2007, it has developed into what is recognized as one of the best preparation programs for district level leaders in the region. This accomplishment can be for the most part attributed to Michael Silver’s unrelenting pursuit of excellence in leadership development.
– Rich McCullough
Dr. Michael Silver, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Seattle Office for Catholic Schools, started The Northwest Catholic Educational Leadership Institute for Catholic School Leaders at Seattle University in 2007. Through his vision and support, the Catholic schools of the Northwest and particularly those in the Seattle Archdiocese, have had the opportunity to learn and implement best practices in education reform to improve student learning. He also worked with many principals in the Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools during his leadership of the Seattle University Principal Preparation program. His commitment to teaching and learning will have an indelible impact on principals, teachers and students, and we at the Office for Catholic Schools will miss his partnership and collegiality.
– Kay Purcell
I have a million anecdotes and wonderful recollections from 12 years of working side by side with Michael in Tukwila School District. Michael made a huge impact there by opening the doors for the community to work in partnership with the staff – a big challenge in the most ethnically diverse school district in Washington State. He provided unwavering leadership in this cause, even in the face of personal attacks, calmly and professionally educating those who didn't yet understand the vision. And, as many great leaders, he quickly inserted humor, even at his own expense, into what could have been an "uncomfortable" situation. I remember once at a meeting for new staff, someone commented to Michael that he was dressed very formally in a jacket and tie at this summer gathering for which most were dressed more casually. Michael quickly responded "Oh, I usually dress up for the occasion, even my pajamas have a tie on them!"
– Sue Lerner
I shall remember Michael for his unwavering commitment to his students and the support he provided each one of them, for his wisdom in times of change, for his positive "can do" attitude even in the face of challenging circumstances, and for his love of God as the foundation of his life. Michael graced our lives, brightened our days, and always stood tall as a leader who modeled the way. Thank you, Michael, for making us all better by sharing your expertise, talents, and caring heart!
– Laurie Stevahn
It will take a while to get used to Michael's absence from the College of Education. For over a decade he was a rock of stability within the college. In addition to his visionary leadership in rebuilding the Educational Administration program, he was a wonderful colleague and friend. He could always be counted on for his mature judgment and big-picture perspective. There is no one whose insights I valued more than Michael's. He will be deeply missed.
– Jeremy Stringer
Michael Silver will be greatly missed by all those who knew him, including colleagues and students. He was well respected by many in his field and his students spoke very highly of him. Many of them attribute their success in their field to Seattle University's EDAD Program and having Michael Silver as both their instructor and adviser. He will be especially missed by all those in the College of Education who worked with him, including myself.
– Eunice MacGill
The Seattle University family and Washington state's education community has lost a great friend and leader. Michael Silver has had a profound impact on so many through his life's work in public education. His career as an educator, administrator and professor has significantly impacted student lives.
A tremendous colleague, mentor and friend, Michael taught so many about leadership, service to the community and making a difference in this world. For Michael, to be good, kind and gracious was a way of life. He lived by model and example and we will miss his smile, passion and most of all, his friendship.
Michael, you have been lifted up on eagle's wings and will remain forever in our hearts.
– Mary Alice Heuschel
I'm deeply saddened by Michael's passing. He has been a major force in this region for over two decades. He came to the Northwest as a superintendent in Tukwila when that district was undergoing remarkable transformation. More recently he has been the leader of Seattle University's program that prepares educational administrators. As a superintendent, he was visionary, committed, and highly effective in leading change that impacted everything from the district's buildings to classroom curricula. He carried those strengths to his work in preparing administrators to meet the challenges in their work. The program he developed and managed is highly regarded because of the passion with which he infused it. His students learned from his example to remain committed, principled, and hard working. With his passing, we lose a significant leader in our field.
– Bob Hughes
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