Jonathan Euseary

2013 Lifelong Learner


He had found success in the corporate world, earned an advanced degree, and completed a lifetime’s worth of service to his country and community.

Yes, Jonathan Euseary had worn many hats before arriving at University of Michigan-Dearborn: active duty Air Force serviceman in Okinawa and Vietnam, management specialist, pension program supervisor, stockbroker and teacher.

And his graduation in May 2013 marks his fourth degree, his second since retiring in 2006. It was his passion for education and lifelong learning that brought him back to the classroom.

Jonathan’s broad life experiences give him a unique perspective in class, one that energizes both professors and fellow students.

Whether contributing to classroom discussions or taking a personal interest in classmates’ work, Jonathan fills the role of gentle provocateur and class cheerleader.

“Jonathan is passionate about education and lifelong learning,” said Anita Miller, academic advisor in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. “He inspires you to want to learn and is a great asset within the academic community as both an instructor and student.”

Jonathan took that passion to his internship at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

There, he researched and wrote eight episodes of a documentary about African-American participation in the Civil War, which were published on the museum’s website. Jonathan earned Intern of the Year honors for his work.

In the community, Jonathan is vice president of Second Grace United Methodist Church’s United Methodist Men and has served as treasurer of the Detroit Renaissance District United Methodist Men.

He credits his faith and his wife as his greatest influences in life.

“My wife, Pat, is my biggest fan and supporter,” he said. “Her intelligence, enthusiasm, positive attitude and understanding have helped to keep me focused on the short-term demand of classes and my long-term academic goals.”

After graduating, Jonathan plans to take a break, albeit a brief one. He hopes to be back in the classroom in the fall, beginning work on a master’s degree in political science or history or a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or sociology.