WMU News

Haworth granted trustee emeritus status

March 25, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Former Western Michigan University trustee Richard G. Haworth was awarded emeritus status March 22 when his former colleagues approved a resolution honoring his service to the University.

Acting at their regular meeting, members of the WMU Board of Trustees "wholeheartedly and appreciatively" granted Haworth the title of trustee emeritus "in recognition of his devotion, dedication and service to the University." He resigned from the board at its December 2001 meeting.

Haworth, a WMU alumnus and chairman of Haworth Inc., was appointed to the University's governing board in 1991. During his tenure, he served the board as chairperson, vice chairperson and a committee chairperson. Haworth led the successful presidential search process that resulted in the 1998 appointment of Dr. Elson S. Floyd as sixth president of the University, and he also oversaw such major University events as the dedication of new aviation facilities in Battle Creek and the initiation of new graduate programs in Holland. WMU's Haworth College of Business is named in recognition of a combined gift from the Haworth corporation and family.

The resolution praised Haworth for his tireless efforts "to extend the University's reach and stature through personal generosity, dedication of his time and knowledgeand continual service as the University's ambassador in Michigan and around the world."

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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