Battle Creek native T.R. Shaw, Jr. appointed to KCC Board of Trustees

TR Shaw, Jr.
TR Shaw, Jr.

The Kellogg Community College Board of Trustees at its May 17, 2023, meeting appointed Battle Creek resident T.R. Shaw, Jr. to temporarily fill a vacant seat.

Shaw is a Battle Creek native who attended KCC as an advanced standing student from Battle Creek Central High School, graduating in 1978. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Central Michigan University and a certificate in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University.

Board of Trustees Chair Steve Claywell said Shaw will be an asset to the KCC board, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge.

“T.R. Shaw has demonstrated throughout his career that he is a committed advocate for the region and friend of Kellogg Community College,” Claywell said. “The Board of Trustees is eager to welcome him to the team.”

Shaw is a retired funeral director and former owner of Shaw Funeral Homes. He served on the board of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, representing Southwest Michigan, and in the U.S. Navy following college. He retired from the Navy Reserve as a public affairs officer at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Shaw completed several service schools and coursework at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and served as a Blue and Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy. He is chief executive officer of Shaw Communication.

Shaw served several years on the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority and currently serves on the Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field Advisory Board. He is a director emeritus of the Battle Creek Community Foundation and the Brass Band of Battle Creek; a Charter Member of Cereal City Sunrise Rotary Club; and is active with American Business Clubs (AMBUCS), Boy Scouts and on the board of the Battle Creek Regional History Museum.

Shaw is also a published author, speaker, freelance writer and editorial contributor to many publications. He is married to Kathy (Banfield) Shaw, a native of Marshall.

Shaw’s appointment to the vacant KCC trustee position is effective until the general election of November 2024, at which time the office will be on the ballot for voters to determine who will be elected to fill the remainder of the six-year term, which expires Dec. 31, 2026.

Shaw can be reached at For more information about the KCC Board of Trustees, visit

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