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2012 Michigan State University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Albert Ratner graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s of science in Forestry in 1951. He’s co-chairman emeritus of the board of Forest City Enterprises, a commercial and residential real estate entity that he has been a part of since 1951.
“Our mission is to build communities where people can live, work, and play,” Ratner says. “We have a company saying that our communities are where our hearts are. We find out where people are and where they want to be, and develop a plan to get them there.”
Ratner says MSU reinforced everything his parents, sister and Jewish faith taught him. He’s an ardent proponent of immigration and says that poverty is simply unacceptable.
“I think what Michigan State is about, what I’m about, and what our company is all about is that we just keep trying to make the world better,” Ratner says.
Ratner describes how MSU made him believe that “Midwestern values are wonderful things” and describes the difference between making a living and making a life.