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Trustee Ken Miller will discuss presidential search

May 21, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The search process that led to the appointment last month of Dr. John M. Dunn as the eighth president of Western Michigan University will be explored in a public address Friday, May 25, by the man who led the effort.

Ken Miller, vice chair of the WMU Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, will describe the search process when he speaks on campus as part of the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series. The event is set for 8 a.m. in Room 2150 of Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business.

The event is free and open to the public. A complimentary breakfast is available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required to attend and can be made by calling the Haworth Office of the Dean at (269) 387-5050. Free parking will be available in the Fetzer Center parking lot.

In a presentation titled "Process + Politics = President," Miller will describe the events and issues that led to the selection of Dunn, interim chancellor of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Dunn will begin his tenure as WMU president July 1. Miller plans to provide background, dispel myths, clarify facts and explore the underlying reasoning behind the process that was used as well as the makeup of the search committee.

"I appreciate the opportunity to appear before an audience of WMU supporters and community business and civic leaders to clarify and explain the various events and issues that led to the ultimate selection of Western's next president," Miller says. "I'll also seize the opportunity to relate several points of pride about our University--several of which were pertinent to the search process."

Miller is vice president and chief operating officer of Havirco, a Kalamazoo investment management firm, which he has co-owned since 1993. He is also director and chairman of Keystone Community Bank of Kalamazoo and the owner of the Millennium Restaurant Group, which operates restaurants in southwest Michigan, including the Union Cabaret and Grille and Epic Bistro on the Kalamazoo downtown mall. Previously, he was director of the WMU Foundation, a position he stepped down from when he was appointed to the WMU Board of Trustees in 2002.

Miller earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in business administration from WMU and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

The speaker series, now in its seventh year, is underwritten by Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear prominent business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business issues and corporate strategies as well as share key information regarding the continuing progress of the business college.

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

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