March 20, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- The appointment of a new department chairperson was among the personnel action taken March 20 by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.
Dr. Adrian C. (Ed) Edwards was named chairperson of the Department of Finance and Commercial Law, effective July 1, 1998. He will replace Dr. Christopher M. Korth, whose return to the faculty in that department, effective July 1, 1998, also was approved by the board.
Edwards has been a WMU faculty member since 1964. He earned his bachelor's degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, his master of business administration degree from the University of Detroit and his doctoral degree from Ohio State University.
The board also accepted the resignations of these faculty members: Dr. Usree Bandyopadhyay, assistant professor of economics, effective Aug. 9, 1998; Dr. Alan I. Blankley, associate professor of accountancy, effective April 20, 1998; Dr. Elizabeth George, assistant professor of management, effective Aug. 1, 1998; Dr. Brian L. Scheller, assistant professor of paper and printing science and engineering, effective Feb. 6, 1998; and Dr. Judith M. Whipple, assistant professor of marketing, effective April 28, 1998.
In addition, the trustees granted retirement with emeriti status to these faculty members, along with their years of service and effective dates, are: Dr. Max E. Benne, associate professor of family and consumer sciences, 32 years, effective April 30, 1998; Dr. Clifford Davidson, professor of English, 37-1/2 years, effective Jan. 1, 2003; Dr. Meshulam Groper, professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, 21 years, effective April 21, 2001; Dr. Dalia Motzkin, professor of computer science, 24 years, effective April 21, 2001; Dr. Henry A. Raup, professor of geography, 38 years, effective May 15, 1998; and Dr. Roger E. Ulrich, professor of psychology, 33 years, effective June 30, 1998.
The board also granted the retirements of these staff members: Joy F. Bentley, manager of the University post office in logistical services, 25 years, effective April 27, 1998; Josephine J. Bullard, utility food worker in dining services, 27-1/2 years, effective March 31, 1998; Lyn J. Chase, clerk in the University libraries, 34-1/2 years, effective Feb. 28, 1998; Albert W. Laaksonen, director of off campus life, 31 years, effective June 30, 1998; Keith Roberts, custodian in the building custodial and support services area of the physical plant, 28-1/2 years, effective March 27, 1998; and Jean A. Stonerock, secretary in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, 22 years, effective March 31, 1998.
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