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Debel named WMU trustee, Miller reappointed

Jan. 26, 2011

KALAMAZOO--Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Dana Debel of Ann Arbor to the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees and reappointed Ken Miller of Kalamazoo. Both appointments are for eight-year terms and were announced yesterday.

"We are very pleased with both the reappointment of Ken Miller and the appointment of Dana Debel to our board," said WMU President John M. Dunn. "I commend both of them and our other trustees for their willingness to give of their time and talent in helping guide our University through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."

Photo of Western Michigan University Trustee Dana Debel.Debel will officially be sworn in prior to the next meeting of the Board of Trustees and will replace William Martin of Battle Creek, who was appointed to the board in 2002.

Director of state and local government affairs for Delta Air Lines, Debel previously served as a policy director for former Gov. Jennifer Granholm from 2003 to 2007, primarily in the areas of environmental and energy policy. She earned both a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Photo of Western Michigan University Trustee Ken Miller.A trustee since 2002, Miller chaired the search that led to the 2007 appointment of President Dunn and served as chair of the Board of Trustees in 2008 and 2009.

A Kalamazoo business leader, Miller is principal partner in Havirco, an investment management firm, and owner of the Millennium Restaurant Group. He earned a bachelor's degree in business and a Master of Business Administration, both from WMU, and was a 2009 recipient of the WMU Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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