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Administrative and academic appointments approved

April 19, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees approved a number of academic and administrative moves as part of a larger personnel report presented for the board's review at its April 16 meeting.

Among items approved were the appointments of Dr. Michael Scriven as associate director of the Evaluation Center, effective Aug. 2. Administrative appointments approved included those of Patrick Daniel as director of student activities and leadership programs, effective Feb. 23; Carol Eddy as acting director of the Sindecuse Health Center; and Glen Tracy as executive director of the Paper Technology Foundation, effective April 1.

In related action, trustees approved the previously announced appointment of Dr. Deborah Barnes as director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations and granted her tenure as an associate professor in the Africana Studies Program.

Michael Scriven, who is internationally known in the evaluation field, comes to WMU following the completion of a series of evaluation workshops he is offering in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He also is completing the second edition of his book on the logic of evaluation. Active in the American Evaluation Association, he has been honored for his work by that group and other educational research organizations. He has taught philosophy and evaluation at several universities around the United States, Canada and New Zealand, and his research and writing over the past 25 years has encompassed the philosophy, science and history of evaluation. Scriven earned a master's degree at the University of Melbourne and his doctoral degree from Oxford University in 1956.

Patrick Daniel moved to his new post in the Division of Student Affairs from the University recreation staff. Prior to accepting his new position, he served for two years as associate director of university recreation. Before that, he was assistant director of intramural sports. Daniel earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Towson State University and a master's degree in recreation and sports sciences from Ohio University. He replaced Steven Veldkamp who resigned last year to take a new position at Indiana University.

Carol Eddy brings 30 years of health care administration experience to the job, and has been serving as associate director of the Sindecuse Health Center since 1994. She first came to the University in 1983, when she began working in the health center business office. Soon after, she became office supervisor, and in 1988, she became business manager of the health center. She held that position until she was named associate director of Sindecuse. Eddy earned a bachelor's degree and a graduate certificate in health care administration, both from WMU. She replaces Dr. Gary Kirk, whose resignation as director of the center was approved by trustees at their April 16 meeting.

Glen Tracy comes to his position as director of the Paper Technology Foundation from the energy industry. Currently he is director of business development for Shell Services USA in Houston, a position he has held for the past two years. Prior to that he was general manager of Shell Trading Gas and Power Co., also in Houston. In addition, he has held management positions in the energy sector with engineering and recycling firms, and he has paper mill management experience with Ponderosa Fibres of America. He began his career with a series of positions at Scott Paper Co. that included work in engineering, capital planning and business development. He earned a bachelor's degree in paper science from WMU and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with an emphasis in finance and marketing. He replaced John Ferguson, who retired in February.

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

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