WMU News

Reception Feb. 11 honors Elwood 'Woody' Ehrle

Feb. 4, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. Elwood B. "Woody" Ehrle will be recognized for his more than 19 years of service to Western Michigan University at an open reception on Friday, Feb. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception will be held at The Oaklands on the university campus.

On Dec. 31, 1999, Ehrle officially retired. He came to WMU almost 20 years earlier, in 1980, serving first as provost and vice president for academic affairs and later as professor of biology (beginning in 1984).

Ehrle received degrees in botany and horticulture from Rutgers University (bachelor's), from Columbia University (master's) and from Penn State University (doctorate). He also studied radiation biology at Cornell University. During his career, he co-authored two books and wrote more than 100 papers and articles.

Ehrle worked in positions of increasing responsibility as a member of the faculty and as an adiministrator at several universities prior to coming to WMU. He also served for three years, 1968-71, as the associate director in the Office of Biological Education at the American Institute of Biological Sciences, in Washington, D.C. Immediately prior to his appointment at Western, he served for four years as vice president for academic affairs at Indiana State University.

The February 11 reception is hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences and is open to the campus community and general public.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 616 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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