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Connecticut university picks Schmotter as new president

June 3, 2004

KALAMAZOO--James W. Schmotter, dean of Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business, has been recommended to become president of Western Connecticut State University.

The recommendation was made June 1 by the presidential search committee of the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees, and is expected by be accepted at the full board meeting slated for June 11.

Schmotter, who has served as dean at WMU since 1997, would succeed James R. Roach, who will retire on July 31. Schmotter is expected to assume the WCSU leadership Aug. 1.

Founded in 1903, WCSU is part of the Connecticut State University System. Located in Danbury--50 miles southwest of Hartford and 60 miles north of New York City--it is the only public university serving a wide region in both Connecticut and New York. The institution has two campuses, a 34-acre downtown campus, where administrative and several residential and the majority of the instructional facilities are located, and a 364-acre Westside Campus, on the outskirts of the city. It serves more than 6,000 students, including 5,236 full- and part-time undergraduates and 843 graduate students.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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