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Trustees approve retirements

March 31, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The retirements of nine faculty and six staff members were approved by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees at its March 28 meeting. Trustees also accepted the resignations of three faculty members.

All 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: Wendy L. Cornish, professor of dance, 37 years, effective Dec. 31, 2003; Dr. Joseph S. Ellin, professor of philosophy, 41 years, effective Dec. 31, 2003; Dr. William B. Harrison III, professor of geosciences, 30 1/2 years, effective Dec. 8, 2003; Pamela Keesler, faculty specialist I in the Career English Language Center for International Students, 27 years, effective Aug. 30, 2002 (correction to previously announced emeriti status); Dr. Lorna Kierepka, faculty specialist II of industrial and manufacturing engineering , 10 years, effective Aug. 31, 2003 (correction to previously announced emeriti status); Paul Mergen, professor of art, 38 1/2 years, effective Dec. 31, 2003; Dr. Robert E. Shamu, professor of physics, 41 years, effective April 30, 2008; Lovette Teichert, master faculty specialist in the Career English Language Center for International Students, 27 years, effective Aug. 21, 2003; and Dr. Richard A. Wright, professor of philosophy and dean of the College of Aviation, 10 years, effective Feb. 21 2003.

The staff members retiring are: Betty L. Benner, office coordinator for Transportation Services, 15 1/2 years, effective June 30, 2003; Mary E. Birch, groundskeeper I, Physical Plant-Landscape Services, 23 years, effective Jan. 29, 2003; Patricia M. Guenther, assistant director of the Office of Business Development Services, 20 years, effective May 18, 2003; Robert A. Higgins, strip/camera operator/platemaker in Auxiliary Enterprises, 34 1/2 years, effective June 20, 2003; Richard M. Hoff, bindery operator, Auxiliary Enterprises, 35 years, effective June 20, 2003; and Karen A. Page, custodian, Residence Life, 25 1/2 years, effective May 31, 2003.

The faculty members resigning are: Dr. Insoo Hyun, assistant professor of philosophy, effective Aug. 3, 2003; Todd Neal, assistant professor of theatre, effective Jan. 9, 2003; and Dr. Mark S. Richardson, associate professor of English, effective Aug. 15, 2003.

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


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