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Trustees approve five administrative appointments

May 3, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University Trustees approved five administrative appointments at their April 27 meeting, including two deans, a department chair and appointments in the Sindecuse Health Center and Office of University Relations.

Larry A. Boekeloo was appointed director of business services for the Sindecuse Health Center, effective Feb. 14, Cheryl P. Roland was promoted to executive director of university relations, effective April 27, and Dr. Ann A. Tyler was appointed chair of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, effective July 1.

The board also approved the previously announced appointments of Dr. Keith M. Hearit as dean of the Lee Honors College, effective July 1, and Dr. Donald G. McCloud Sr. as dean of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, effective Aug. 27.

Larry A. Boekeloo came to WMU in February to accept his new post with responsibility for directing the business operations of the University's Sindecuse Health Center. His 33-year professional background includes management positions in data processing and information technology, including 16 years with Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and nine years with Allegan (Mich.) General Hospital. Boekeloo earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Davenport College in Kalamazoo and a master's of public administration degree from WMU.

As executive director, Cheryl P. Roland is the head of university relations and principal spokesperson for the University. She has nearly 20 years experience in university relations, where she began as assistant director of news services in 1987. She was promoted to director of news and communications in 1998. For the past year, she has served as interim head of university relations, replacing Matt Kurz, who left the University in January 2006. Prior to coming to WMU, Roland was assistant director of communications at Albion College and also worked as a journalist in the Detroit area. She holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

Dr. Ann A. Tyler comes to WMU from the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she is a professor of speech pathology and audiology and has served on the faculty since 1989. A fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Tyler has made more than 60 presentations on original research and issues in clinical phonology. Her clinical interests focus on efficient interventions for children with speech-language impairments. Tyler earned a bachelor's degree from University of New Hampshire and master's and doctoral degrees in speech pathology from Syracuse University.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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