WMU News

Inauguration tickets available March 29

March 23, 1999

KALAMAZOO-Tickets for the April 6 inauguration of Western Michigan University President Elson S. Floyd will be available to the public beginning Monday, March 29, at Miller Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required.

WMU will inaugurate Floyd as the University's sixth president in ceremonies that will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Miller Auditorium. The event has the theme of "a presidency of vision, vigor and passion," reflecting comments Floyd made in remarks Sept. 18 to the Faculty Senate.

A reception will follow on the auditorium's outdoor veranda if weather permits or inside the auditorium in the Grand Tier lobby.

Classes will be canceled from 1 to 4 p.m. April 6 to enable as many members of the University community as possible to attend the inauguration. Ceremonies will be carried live on EduCABLE, the University's on-campus cable television system, and on Community Access cable television.

Joan H. Krause of Grand Rapids, chairperson of the WMU Board of Trustees, will serve as master of ceremonies and Lori B. Waddles, a WMU trustee from Detroit, will sing the National Anthem. The Rev. J. Louis Felton of Galilee Baptist Church in Kalamazoo will provide the invocation.

Speakers will represent WMU students, faculty and staff members. Several groups from the WMU School of Music will perform. Nearly 50 Presidential Scholars, recipients of WMU's highest honor for a graduating senior, have been invited to attend as a group.

Speakers will include Dr. Raymond E. Alie, professor of marketing and president of the Faculty Senate; Dr. Ariel H. Anderson, associate professor of education and professional development and president of the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors; Corey A. Watt, a senior in music from East Pointe, Mich., and president of the Western Student Association; and Michelle C. McLaughlin, administrative assistant in the Department of English and president of the Administrative Professional Association.

Symphonic Brass conducted by Dr. Robert Spradling, director of bands, will begin the musical portion of the program. That will be followed by the University Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Yoshimi Takeda, conductor and music director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

The University Chorale under the direction of Dr. Joseph Janisch will perform the alma mater and the benediction. Dr. Karl Schrock, organist, will perform during the processional. The Western Brass Quintet and Schrock will perform during the recessional.

In his remarks to the Faculty Senate, Floyd pledged "a presidency of vigor, thoughtfulness, decisiveness, passion and vision." He declared that WMU's first commitment is to its academic mission as a "one of the nation's premier student-centered research universities."

Floyd came to WMU Aug. 1 from the position of executive vice chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the state's flagship university, where he served as its chief operating officer. He replaced Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, who retired from the presidency to return to the faculty after 13 years of service.

Floyd, 43, has demonstrated leadership in the administration of public higher education in several settings. He was executive vice president at Eastern Washington University and then headed the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Before that, he held several student and academic affairs positions at UNC-Chapel Hill and was assistant vice president for student services of the 16-campus UNC system. A native of Henderson, N.C., Floyd has three degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, including a Ph.D. degree in higher and adult education.

Media contact: Mike Matthews, 616 387-8400, michael.matthews@wmich.edu

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