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Governor appoints Dunn to economic development board

Dec. 19, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Gov. Jennifer Granholm has appointed Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn to serve on Michigan's Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board.

Dunn will represent WMU on the board and serve a term that expires Dec. 31, 2010. He succeeds WMU President Emeritus Diether H. Haenicke, whose term has expired.

Other members of the board appointed or reappointed to the board this week include the presidents of Michigan State, Michigan Technological and Wayne State universities as well as the president of the University of Michigan, with each appointee representing their respective institutions. The president of Central Michigan University was appointed to represent the other public universities in Michigan.

Also appointed were the leaders of the Grand Rapids' Van Andel Institute, the Detroit areas' Automation Alley and the principal of Bridge Street Capital Fund.

Created as an independent entity within the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board oversees the competitive grants and loans to Michigan institutions of higher education, Michigan research institutions and Michigan nonprofit corporations for competitive-edge technology projects.

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

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