WMU News

President Floyd appointed to life sciences board

Oct. 24, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University President Elson S. Floyd has been appointed by Gov. John Engler to the state's Life Sciences Corridor Board.

The 14-member board is responsible for providing advice and oversight initiatives for Michigan's Life Sciences Corridor initiative, including development of criteria for the award of contracts and grants to qualifying universities, institutions or individuals. The steering committee then makes decisions regarding distribution of these grant funds.

Other members of the board include the president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.; the presidents of Wayne State University and Michigan State University; a representative of the University of Michigan; the head of the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids; and executives from such firms as Pharmacia Corp., Pfizer, the Kellogg Co. and Stryker Corp.

Floyd replaces Lita L. Nelsen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who recently resigned. He will represent the general public for a term that expires March 3, 2003.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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