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Trustees approve two appointments

July 24, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Two academic appointments were among the personnel actions taken July 24 by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Frank E. Rapley, dean of the College of Education, will assume additional responsibilities as acting dean of the Division of Continuing Education, effective August 1, 1998. He replaces Dr. James A. Visser, whose return to the faculty was approved by the board in June.

Also appointed was Dr. Peter M. Saunders, who will become the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, effective Sept. 1, 1998. The center encompasses the area previously known as Faculty Development Services. Saunders also will hold a non-tenure track faculty appointment in the Department of Business Information Systems.

Rapley has served in his current position since 1996 and came to the University after serving for 14 years as superintendent of the Kalamazoo Public Schools. Previously, he was a deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent with the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky. He earned a bachelor's degree from St. John's University in Minnesota and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia.

Saunders comes to WMU from Lehigh University, where he has served as director of the Center for Business Communications and associate professor of business since 1994. Previously, he served as director of the Teaching-Learning Center in Erindale College at the University of Toronto and as director of the Center for Professional Writing at the University of Waterloo. Saunders earned a bachelor's degree from Pace University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto.

The board also accepted the resignations of these faculty members: Dr. Norma G. Catalan, instructor of foreign languages and literatures, effective June 24, 1998; Dr. Donald L. Fixico, professor of history, effective Dec. 31, 1998; Dr. Srinivas Garimella, associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, effective Aug. 9, 1998; Dr. George Guthrie, associate professor of geology, effective Aug. 1, 1998; and Dr. Troy V. Mariage, assistant professor of special education, effective Aug. 14, 1998.

In addition, trustees granted retirement with emerita status to Dr. Susan B. Hannah, associate professor of public affairs and administration, effective April 18, 1999. Hannah, who will have 23 years of service to the University at the time of her retirement, also was granted a leave of absence, effective Aug. 8, 1998, through April 18, 1999.

Trustees also approved a professional development leave for Dr. Susan A. Fox, assistant professor of communication, effective July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999.

The board also granted retirement to three faculty and staff members. They are, along with their years of service and effective retirement dates: Dr. Anna K. Campbell, assistant professor of psychology, 24 years, effective April 30, 1999; Allen R. Chase, food service worker in dining services, 33 years, effective Aug. 31, 1998; and Robert D. Havira, technician in the Department of Geology, 28 years, effective Aug. 14, 1998.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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