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Gaymer to head WMU off-campus programs

Sept. 28, 2009

KALAMAZOO--A seasoned administrator with more than 20 years of experience in such areas as adult student recruiting, graduate program leadership and international education has been selected to lead Western Michigan University's regional, online, continuing education and conference programs.

Dr. Dawn M. Gaymer has been named WMU's associate provost for Extended University Programs. Her appointment, effective Oct. 1, was approved by the WMU Board of Trustees Sept. 17.

In her new role, Gaymer will oversee WMU's six regional sites around Michigan, which deliver primarily graduate and professional degree programs to some 1,700 students each semester. The division she will lead also encompasses the University's rapidly growing online education presence, its conferencing services and its continuing education General University Studies program.

"Dawn Gaymer has a strong background in areas that will be invaluable to our off-campus programs," says Dr. Timothy J. Greene, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. "She has a proven track record of building strong relationships both within the academic community and with the communities she's served. She also has solid experience when it comes to recruiting a diverse student population, including graduate and adult students--the kind of students our Extended University Programs are designed to serve."

Gaymer comes to WMU from Eastern Michigan University, where she has served since 2005 as assistant dean of graduate programs in EMU's College of Business. She has been at EMU since 1999, when she accepted a position there as assistant dean for credit programs in that school's continuing education operations.

Prior to joining the EMU staff, she worked as director of international admissions at the University of Toledo. She held earlier positions as manger of foreign student enrollment at EMU, as a program coordinator at Golden Gate University and as an admissions specialist at Brevard Community College in Florida.

"I have met several members of the Western Michigan University community during my visits over the past months and I am absolutely looking forward to working with such a dynamic group of people," Gaymer says.

"As a Michigan native, I am familiar with WMU's reputation and quality programs. I see tremendous opportunities available to the University through Extended University Programs and believe that we can contribute a great deal to our state's economic recovery."

Gaymer recently completed her doctoral degree in educational leadership at EMU, and she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Golden Gate University.

She succeeds Dr. Darrell Johnson in the EUP leadership role. Johnson left WMU at the end of 2008 to accept a position at Ohio State University. Since his departure, EUP has been led on an interim basis by Dr. Craig Kaml.

WMU's Extended University Programs encompasses regional sites in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, and Traverse City as well as WMU-Southwest, which serves the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph area. EUP also includes the University's rapidly growing Online Education offerings; degree completion assistance through WMU's General University Studies Program; and the Office of Lifelong Learning and Education, which offers conference services, continuing education opportunities and non-credit programs.

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

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