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WMU graduate named Presidential Management Fellow

June 7, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University alumna has been selected for a highly competitive fellowship that puts recipients on a fast track to federal management jobs.

Cynthia "Cyndee" M. Anthony of Kalamazoo and Caledonia, Mich., was one of 869 finalists out of more than 8,700 applicants to be named 2010 Presidential Management Fellows in March.

Anthony is the third WMU student in the past five years to be selected for the PMF program. She earned a Master in International Development Administration degree from the University this past May through the Department of Political Science.

During her fellowship, Anthony will serve as a country officer for the Global AIDS Program, which is part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief that was initiated by George W. Bush. She will be located at the Centers for Disease Control and be a liaison between the program's headquarters office in Atlanta and the country offices of from four to 10 developing countries.

Her responsibilities will involve operations, budgeting, trouble shooting, logistics and interacting with local contacts on a daily basis, with occasional visits overseas, to assure AIDS programs are meeting critical performance objectives.

A two-year paid program, the PMF provides special training and employment opportunities within the federal government and can be used as a stepping stone to highly visible and respected leadership positions. It is geared toward outstanding master's, law and doctoral-level students and includes formal classroom training totaling 160 hours as well as a four- to six-month developmental assignment, challenging work assignments, the potential for accelerated promotions and opportunities to network with other future U.S. leaders.

President Jimmy Carter launched the PMF in 1977 as an internship program to help agencies meet their workforce and succession planning needs. Prospective fellows are nominated by their schools and participate in a rigorous assessment process overseen by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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

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