WMU News

Trustees approve retirements of one faculty, four staff members

Feb. 1, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The retirements of one faculty member and four staff members were approved by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees at its Jan. 28 meeting. The board also approved changing the previously announced retirement date for Dr. Edward J. Pawlak, professor of social work, to June 11, 2000.

The faculty member who is retiring is doing so with emeriti status. Her name, years of continuous service and effective date of retirement are: Lyda J. Stillwell, professor of theatre and director of Women's Theatre, 34 years, effective April 22, 2000.

The staff members retiring are: Alberta M. Cumming, secretary in the Department of History, 20-1/2 years, effective Feb. 29, 2000; Michael J. Matthews, senior communications associate in the Office of University Relations, 20 years, effective Jan. 14, 2000; Philip S. Roekle, manager of the Physical Plant's transportation services area, 30-1/2 years, effective April 16, 2000; and Robert W. Sprick, director of operations in Residence Life, 34-1/2 years, effective March 5, 2000.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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