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Alumni Profile: Michael Retherford, GPN Class of 1989

Alumni Profile:  Michael Retherford, Grosse Pointe North Class of 1989

Michael Retherford is what you would call "well-rounded." He has a background in Entertainment Media, holding both a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Entertainment Business and double Associate degrees in Film and Audio Production.

In 1994, Michael started his professional career leading up to his position as a Department Chair at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. At the height of his tenure, he was in charge of five different courses, including Post Production, Advanced Post Production, Audio for Film, Production Audio, and Introduction to Editing.

In 2009, Michael's film experience became more comprehensive when Full Sail University partnered with ESPN. Michael served as Production Director for the television introductions to Monday Night Football, College GameDay, College GameDay Live, Daytona 500, NBA Finals, European Soccer, and WWE NXT. Michael also served as Producer for the ESPN National League Lacrosse spots and Post Production Supervisor on a Feature Film called "To Write Love on Her Arms," featuring Kat Dennings from the hit TV show "Two Broke Girls". The film was distributed nationwide through Redbox Productions. Michael also ran camera for Stevie Wonder and Steve Vai when they visited Full Sail Studios to record.

Michael won an Educator of the Year Award in 2006 in Orlando, Florida for his leadership and passion for teaching.

Outside of his role as an educator, Michael is a musician who excels at playing percussion and has recently taken on learning the guitar as an extra hobby.

When asked what his advice is for this year's graduating class, Michael says, "Work hard, and the success will come."

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As part of this year's celebration of 100 years of educational excellence at Grosse Pointe Public Schools, we are partnering with the district to profile 100 alumni from our illustrious first century.  

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