WMU to host Governor’s summit for public universities

Logo for MI 2017 State Universities SummigWestern Michigan University will serve as the campus host of the third annual State Universities Summit, an initiative of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 24 in the University's Fetzer Center.

Established in 2015, the annual summit brings together Michigan’s public university presidents, governing board members, government affairs representatives, and leaders from the state government and state departments to engage, collaborate, and discuss shared priorities.

The 2017 summit will again focus on governance, with an additional emphasis on the emerging economy and how universities can prepare. Breakout sessions will focus on marketing Michigan to instate and out-of-state prospective students and how universities can continue to engage international students on their campuses.

For more information, contact WMU’s Office of Government Affairs at (269) 387-2072 or write: margaret.vonsteinen@wmich.edu

legislative update

Learn about happenings in the Michigan Legislature in the monthly recap issued by the Bronco Advocacy Network.

Bronco Gubernatorial appointments

Congratulations to the following Broncos selected for gubernatorial appointments

New appointments

  • Dr. Ola Smith, chair and professor of the WMU Department of Accountancy, reappointed to State Board of Accountancy.

  • Michael Nassaney, of Kalamazoo, WMU anthropology professor, appointed to the Freedom Trail Commission. 


WMU is proud to have seven Broncos currently serving in the Michigan Legislature:

  • Rep. Julie Alexander (R-Hanover)
  • Rep. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville)
  • Rep. Kim LaSata (R-St. Joseph)
  • Rep. Dave Maturen (R-Brady Township)
  • Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham)
  • Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sherman Township)
  • Rep. Kristy Pagan (D-Canton Township)