July 1, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- Bernardine M. Lacey, whose retirement from her position as director of the University's Bronson School of Nursing was announced in December, has agreed to stay at WMU for one more year as special assistant to President Elson S. Floyd with responsibility for community development and outreach.
President Floyd appointed her to the post, effective July 1 through June 30, 2000, to develop opportunities and facilitate communication between community groups, health care agencies, educational institutions, businesses and WMU. She will work closely with Donald E. Thompson, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College, and with Lynn C. Todman, associate director of the Institute for Leadership Transformation.
She will report to Thompson and have an office in Walwood Hall. Her primary focus will be on the Benton Harbor community, but she also will work on projects that impact all areas the University serves.
Lacey had announced her retirement and the Board of Trustees approved her plans, effective June 30, 1999. She had planned to return to her home in Washington, D.C., where she lived and worked before coming to WMU in 1994.
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