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Seawood lauded for getting involved

Nov. 9, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Leonard Seawood, director of Western Michigan University's branch campus in southwest Michigan, was prominently featured in the October cover story for the Cooperative Edge Magazine.

In "The Men Who Came Out of the Storm," Seawood and barbershop owner Clarence Hardin were pictured on the cover and praised in the text for helping to revitalize Benton Harbor, Mich.

The two are key figures in supporting the $500 million Harbor Shores project, a planned resort and luxury home development that includes a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. The project spans parts of Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, and Benton Charter Township in Berrien County and is expected to retain and create jobs in the county as well as improve the area's tax base.

Seawood and Hardin have consistently worked to bring business, government and educational leaders together to stimulate growth in Benton Harbor. They also helped found the Band of Brethren in Christ organization, a group of community members focused on leadership, education, mentoring, economic empowerment, and health and wellness in Benton Harbor._

A native of that city, Seawood came to WMU in 1999 to direct WMU-Southwest. He also serves as director of the University's newest branch campus, WMU-South Haven, which began offering classes in 2005.

Cooperative Edge, www.thecooperativeedge.com, is a monthly business-profile publication based in St. Joseph, Mich. It focuses on small businesses within local communities.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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