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George M. Eskro

March 16, 2010

George M. Eskro, who was recently named director of student employment at Western Michigan University, died suddenly March 13 in Mattawan, Mich. He was 49.

Eskro first joined the WMU staff in 1986 as a residence hall director, and from 1993 to 1999, he was a staff member of the University's Residence Life office. He was named associate director for student development in Career and Student Employment Services in 1999 and held that position until earlier this month when he was named a director in the unit.

Eskro worked with thousands of students every year--those looking for part-time student jobs or internships as well as those searching for jobs after graduation. He managed such annual events as Student Employment Appreciation Week and a job placement survey of graduates. He organized employment policy workshops for campus supervisors, and he oversaw the BroncoJOBS Web site, which experienced significant growth under his direction.

In fall 2009, Eskro was honored by being named a National Student Employment Essentials trainer for the National Student Employment Association, traveling around the country to train new student employment administrators. He also was a former treasurer for the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1984 and a master's degree in educational leadership from WMU in 1992.

Eskro is survived by his wife, Lisa, and three daughters--Alysha, Caitlin and Hannah. Arrangements are being handled by Langeland Family Funeral Home in Kalamazoo.

Thursday, March 18, 5 to 9 p.m.
Langeland's Westside Chapel
3926 S. 9th St.

Memorial service
Friday, March 19, 1 p.m.
Agape Christian Church
609 Cherokee, Kalamazoo

Visit langelands.com for an obituary and directions, or to sign a register book and post condolences.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Alysha, Caitlin and Hannah Eskro College Fund at any National City Bank branch.

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

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