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Q&A with LBC Alumnus Dr. Chad Coe

Dr. Chad Coe

Dr. Chad Coe graduated from Lyman Briggs College in 2004. Dr. Coe was an honors college student who majored in Physiology with a specialization in Human Medicine. He went on to receive his M.D. from Wayne State University in 2008.

Currently, Dr. Coe is a faculty member in the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine.

Why did you attend LBC?
I thought Lyman Briggs College (at the time it was Lyman Briggs School housed within the College of Natural Science), was a great fit for me academically as well as personally. Coming from a small school in Michigan, I occasionally wondered if Michigan State University would be too big of a campus, and Lyman Briggs allowed me to have the big university experience, but also gave me the smaller learning environments that I could thrive in. I think putting like-minded young adults with similar interests and dreams in the same place fosters an environment of collegiality, and enhances growth both academically and socially. LBC does this better than any other campus I visited during my college search.

What are your favorite memories of LBC?
When I think back to my time at LBC, I always end up thinking about the relationships that I developed along the way. The friendships I made there are lifelong and ones that I cherish. I think that there is a special sense of pride that comes with being an MSU alum, and this is only enhanced by being part of the LBC community. From a classroom standpoint, the classes I remember most centered on the application of science to issues facing our world. There is a very human element to how we use science to form opinions in our complex society, and often the conclusions—and even the inquiry itself—can come under scrutiny. To be able to study not only the science, but how we can weave what we learn into something applicable to modern day challenges was part of the LBC experience I enjoyed the most.

What have you accomplished professionally and personally since graduating from LBC?
After graduation, I was fortunate enough to be accepted to medical school and chose a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics through Michigan State's program in Grand Rapids. After residency, I stayed to practice for 4 years in Grand Rapids while also teaching residents and medical students. Here I met my wonderful wife of almost a year (not an MSU alum, but I've managed to drag her to quite a few games), and more recently we relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently faculty at the University of Cincinnati, teaching residents and medical students, as well as caring for patients at one of their outpatient clinics.

Why do you give to LBC?
Giving back is something that has always been very important to me and a big part of my life. I don't think I would be where I am today without the experiences and education I received at MSU, and more specifically LBC. My family is just now getting to the point where we are in a position where can give back to advance the mission of LBC and educate the next generation of Spartans and are eager to do so.

You give through a Donor Advised Fund. How did you come to decide that this was the right giving vehicle for you?
We have just set up the fund this year, and have not donated out of it yet, but will be making our first donation soon this winter. That's one of the neat things about donor advised funds—that we can set aside funds now, and decide which charities or organizations we would like to donate to later as the fund grows. As opposed to a one-time gift, this will start out small but will increase over time as our investment grows, and can even be a "legacy" donation after we are gone.

What would you tell others who are considering a gift to LBC?
I would say that it's ok to start small. I think that often people think that unless you are donating large amounts to get a building or lecture hall named after you, it is not significant. But if everyone helped a little, it can add up to a lot to further the education of the next generation of Spartans. That is what we hope to be a small part of.

There are many ways to make a difference at LBC! If you are interested in learning how you can join Chad in supporting LBC students and programs, please contact Jackie Richardson, Director of Development at or 517-353-4869.