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National organization honors Wil Emmert

Dec. 5, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Wil Emmert, senior research and program officer at Western Michigan University, was one of 10 members of the Society of Research Administrators who were recognized recently for more than 30 years of service to the society.

Emmert, who is a staff member in Research and Sponsored Programs, was feted during the national organization's October meeting in Nashville, Tenn. A video reflecting some of his activities during the past three decades ran during a plaque presentation in his honor.

In addition, Emmert has been named to a second term on the Research Administrators Certification Council Board of Directors.

The council was formed by the Society of Research Administrators to certify professionals in nonprofit, college and university research offices as well as grants and contracts offices. It is composed of active certified research administrators.

Emmert and others who earn the CRA designation have demonstrated through experience and testing that they have the knowledge of federal regulations and other important rules, policies and procedures to be professional research or sponsored programs administrators.

At WMU, the only people to have earned the CRA designation are Emmert and Shelly Carpenter, associate director of the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Learning Centers grant project in the College of Education.

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

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