Bronco Advocacy Newsletter

Catch up on the latest news from Government Affairs in the Bronco Advocacy Network newsletter.

May 2019

New VP named for WMU government relations

Jeff BrenemanJeffrey Breneman, a veteran government-affairs professional, will join Western Michigan University as vice president for government relations on July 15, pending the approval of the University's Board of Trustees on June 26. He is the president and founder of the Kalamazoo-based Spectrum Public Affairs, and he has been chosen to serve in this role following a search that launched in April. Read more.  

greg rosine sails into retirement

After more than 40 years of distinguished service to the State of Michigan in Lansing and at Western Michigan University, Greg Rosine, vice president of WMU's Office of Government Affairs, retired effective June 1. Read more.

President tells legislators investing in education will boost state economy

An ardent pitch to legislators to better "invest in your sons and daughters of the state" by returning higher education funding to pre-recession levels was delivered to the Michigan House Higher Education and Community Colleges Appropriations Subcommittee by WMU President Edward Montgomery on Feb. 14. Montgomery pointed out that state per-student funding has fallen 42 percent since 2002—from about $9,500/per student to $5,500/per student, giving Michigan a ranking of 43rd among states in per capita state support for its universities. View testimony beginning at the 1:06:19 mark in this video

who are my legislators?

Unsure about who is representing you in Michigan and Washington D.C.? Use the Bronco Advocacy Network Find Legislator tool to quickly identify your representatives via your mailing address. Search results will include names and a link to comprehensive information about your representatives in the U.S. Congress and the Michigan Legislature, as well as elected administrative officials (governor, secretary of state, etc.).

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.