WMU News

Retirements of three faculty, eight staff members announced

Dec. 16, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The retirements of three faculty members and eight staff members were approved by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees at its Dec. 13 meeting. Trustees also accepted the resignations of four faculty members.

Two of the faculty members who are retiring are doing so with emeriti status. Their names, years of continuous service and effective dates of retirement are: Dr. Suzanne Davis, assistant professor of teaching, learning and leadership, 13 1/2 years, effective April 26, 2003, and Dr. John L. Michael, professor of psychology, 35 1/2 years, effective April 26, 2003. The third retiring faculty member is Lorna K. Kierepka, faculty specialist II, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, 10 years, effective Aug. 31, 2003.

The staff members retiring are: Berwin Bergman, carpet/tile layer, Physical Plant-maintenance services, 16 years, effective Dec. 31, 2002; Robert G. Bowsher Jr., custodian, Physical Plant-building, custodial and support services, 31 1/2 years, effective Dec. 31, 2002; Judy K. Dunn, athletic equipment handler, University Recreation, 27 1/2 years, effective July 31, 2002; Alvera Fredericks, custodian, Residence Life, 13 years, effective Dec. 31, 2002; Mary A. Gardner, custodian, Physical Plant-building, custodial and support services, 18 years, effective Dec. 31, 2002; Edward L. Hixson, painter, Physical Plant-maintenance services, 32 1/2 years, effective Feb. 28, 2003; Richard A. Soule, painter, Physical Plant-maintenance services, 31 1/2 years, effective Jan. 31, 2003; and Ruth E. Sparks, custodian, Residence Life, 22 1/2 years, effective Dec. 31, 2002.

The faculty members resigning are: Dr. Jaclyn Maxwell, assistant professor of comparative religion, effective Aug. 4, 2002; Dr. Andrew L. Purvis, assistant professor of manufacturing engineering, effective Aug. 5, 2002; Dr. Tal L. Simmons, associate professor of anthropology, effective Aug. 3, 2003; and Dr. Tianyou Wang, associate professor of educational studies, effective Dec. 13, 2002.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu


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