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Branch campus director cited for leadership

March 3, 2007

BENTON HARBOR, Mich.--Dr. Leonard Seawood, director of Western Michigan University's branch campus in Benton Township, was honored in January at the 20th annual Benton Harbor Community Celebration held in honor of Martin Luther King's birthday.

The celebration honors the works of civic leaders, community officials, pastors and other community humanitarians who have proved to be enlightening and uplifting in the Twin Cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. The theme for this year's celebration was "What Would He Say Now?"

Seawood received the 2007 Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award. He is president of Band of Brothers for Christ, a new organization composed of some 65 African-American men who have pledged to make a positive difference in the Twin Cities community.

A Benton Harbor native, Seawood came to WMU in 1999 as director of the Southwest branch campus, which is located on the campus of Lake Michigan College. Prior to that, he served as director of multicultural affairs at Illinois State University and director of student life at LMC.

Seawood earned two degrees from WMU, a bachelor of science in applied liberal studies in 1988 and a master of arts in educational leadership in 1995. He earned his doctoral degree from Illinois State.

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

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