Don Gilmer Memorial for Don Gilmer Aug. 29 at WMU

Longtime state representative, champion for WMU, and Kalamazoo County Commissioner Don Gilmer, 73, died on Monday, Aug. 12. He served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1976 to 1998, representing District 63. During his 22-year tenure in Lansing, Gilmer became a strong advocate for education, particularly in West Michigan. Obituary.

WMU secures federal grant to battle opioid epidemic

A major funding boost will soon give WMU students hands-on experience in combating the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities across Michigan. The $1.35 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will support the Michigan Youth Prevention and Recovery from Opioid Youth Disorders—MY-PROUD—program at WMU.

"This grant presents WMU with an opportunity to make far-reaching impacts through health care workforce expansion in the state," says Dr. Ron Cisler, dean of WMU's College of Health and Human Services, who calls this a critical time to address the opioid epidemic in Michigan. "Our students will participate in hands-on educational experiences that will guide them throughout their professional lives, while also meeting an immediate, crucial need for families in our region." Read more.

New VP named for WMU government relations

Jeff BrenemanJeffrey Breneman, a veteran government-affairs professional, joined Western Michigan University as vice president for government relations on July 15. He is the former president and founder of the Kalamazoo-based Spectrum Public Affairs, and was chosen to serve in this role following a search that launched in April. Read more.  

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may 2019

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Bronco Gubernatorial appointments

Congratulations to the following Broncos selected for gubernatorial appointments

New appointments 

  • Diane Thompson, of Marshall, appointed to the Large Carnivore Breeding Advisory Committee.


  • Marcus Abood, of Lansing, reappointed to the Michigan Tax Tribunal for a four-year term.

The governor's office is always seeking qualified candidates to serve on boards and commissions. Learn how to apply via the governor's Appointments website.