Board Members

Our board is currently composed by eight members appointed by the governor to eight-year terms, they are the governing body of Western Michigan University.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Western Michigan University. It derives its powers from the Constitution of the State of Michigan (1963, Article VIII, Sec. 6), Enrolled House Bill No. 54 (72nd Legislature, Second Extra Session of 1963), and Enrolled Senate Bill No. 30 (75th Legislature, 1969).


  • Jeffrey A. Rinvelt
    Chair
    WMU alumnus
    Home: Ann Arbor, MI
    Term: Dec. 31, 2022


  • James B. Bolger
    Vice chair
    WMU alumnus
    Home: Whitehall, MI
    Term: Dec. 31, 2020


  • David Behen
    Home: Saline, MI
    Term: Dec. 31, 2020


  • Lynn L. Chen-Zhang
    WMU alumna
    Home: Portage, MI
    Term: Dec. 31, 2026


  • Shelly Edgerton
    Home: Plainwell, MI
    Term: Dec. 31, 2026


  • William D. Johnston
    WMU alumnus
    Home: Portage, MI
    Term: Dec. 31, 2022


  • Ron Kitchens
    Home: Kalamazoo, MI
    Term: Dec. 31, 2024


  • Shani J. Penn
    WMU alumna
    Home: Detroit, MI
    Term: Dec. 31, 2024

  • Kahler B. Schuemann
    Secretary to the board

  • Jan J. Van Der Kley
    Treasurer and assistant secretary

  • Patti Van Walbeck
    Assistant treasurer