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Advisory group ready for start of presidential search

Sept. 26, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The first step in the process of finding a new president for Western Michigan University was announced today when Trustee Kenneth V. Miller of Kalamazoo disclosed the names of campus and community members who have agreed to be part of a special advisory committee to the WMU Board of Trustees.

The names of 12 members of the University and Kalamazoo communities who will form a Presidential Search Advisory Committee are expected to be brought to a meeting of the full board Oct. 20.

"I am delighted with the caliber of the people who have agreed to serve and thankful to them for their willingness to devote the time needed to conduct this important search, the outcome of which will have a great impact on the future of our University," Miller said in a message to the campus community. "While it is impossible to have every organization represented on the committee, I believe we have an experienced, strong and broad-based representation of the campus and community."

As previously announced, Miller will lead the search and serve as chair of the committee. Trustee Larry Tolbert, also of Kalamazoo, will serve as vice chair.

Other committee members named in Miller's announcement are:

Rosana Alsaud, chair of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee

Wil B. Emmert, contracts and grants specialist and president of the Administrative Professional Association

George A. Franklin, trustee emeritus

Andrew K. Hooley, junior political science major and vice president of the Western Student Association

Dr. Thomas L. Kent, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Mary D. Lagerwey, associate professor of nursing and president of the Faculty Senate

Larry Lueth, president of First National Bank

Robert G. Miller, associate vice president for community outreach

Dr. Cindee Quake-Rapp, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and chair of the Organization of Chairs, Heads and Directors

Dr. Paul T. Wilson, associate professor of teaching, learning and leadership and president of the WMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors

Additional details about the search will be announced as plans are finalized. In the meantime, comments may be sent to board-of-trustees@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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