WMU News

Three former trustees granted emeritus status

May 31, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees granted the honorary title of trustee emeritus during its May 30 meeting to three board members whose terms have expired.

Granted the honor were George A. Franklin of Kalamazoo, Joan H. Krause of Grand Rapids and Lori B. Waddles of Detroit. The trio was cited in separate resolutions for providing "dedicated and faithful service to WMU and the people of Michigan."

All three were members of the board of trustees in 1998 and played roles in the presidential search process that resulted in appointment of Dr. Elson S. Floyd as the University's sixth president. In addition, they each have served as board chairperson and vice chairperson as well as been active in expanding WMU's visibility and stature.

Franklin, who was appointed to the board in 1989, is vice president for external affairs at the Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., where he earned both bachelor's and law degrees.

Krause, who was appointed to the board in 1993, is co-owner with Amy Neis of Krause & Neis, an interior design firm in Grand Rapids. She received a bachelor's degree in communication from WMU in 1972.

Waddles, who was appointed to the board in 1993, is chief investigator for the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with honors from WMU in 1985 and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1988.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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