WMU News

Klohs, Anthony elected to lead WMU board for 2003

Jan. 27, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Birgit M. Klohs of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Vernice D. Anthony of Detroit have been elected to serve as chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively, of the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.

The election took place at the board's annual formal session Jan. 24, as provided in its bylaws. Each will serve a one-year term in office.

Klohs is president of The Right Place Program in Grand Rapids, a countywide community economic development program for the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses to the Greater Grand Rapids area. She has been a member of the WMU Board of Trustees since 1997.

Previously, she served as assistant director of the Office for Economic Expansion at Grand Valley State University. She also has worked for the Prince Corp. in Holland, Mich. (now Johnson Controls), the Michigan Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Corp. of Berrien County.

A native of Germany, Klohs earned a degree in finance from WMU in 1983. She is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a designation awarded by the National Development Council.

She has served on the boards of the Kent-Ottawa-Muskegon Foreign Trade Zone Authority, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Symphony, The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Anthony, who was appointed to the WMU board in 2001, became president and chief executive officer of the Greater Detroit Area Health Council in July 2002. Prior to that, she had served as the senior vice president for corporate affairs and community health for St. John Health System in Detroit since 1995.

Before joining St. John Health System, Anthony was director of the Michigan Department of Public Health (now the Department of Community Health), a position she had held since 1991.

Anthony earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Wayne State University in 1970 and a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan in 1976. She previously was a member of the board of governors of Wayne State and now serves on the Wayne County Airport Authority.

Anthony currently serves on a number of other boards and commissions, including the Immunization Safety Review Committee of the Institute of Medicine, the Michigan Department of Community Health Health Plans Advisory Council, the Michigan SIDS Alliance and the American Hospital Association Task Force on Essential Health Providers.

Other WMU board officers elected to one-year terms at the Jan. 24 meeting were: Betty A. Kocher, secretary to the board; Robert M. Beam, treasurer and assistant secretary; and Lowell P. Rinker, assistant treasurer. Beam is the University's vice president for business and finance, and Rinker is associate vice president for business.

In other board action, trustees awarded trustee emeritus status to Richard F. Chormann of Empire, Mich., and Richard Y. St. John of Kalamazoo. Both men completed their service as WMU trustees at the close of 2002. Chormann had served since 1994 and St. John had been a board member since 1987.

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

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