Eastern Michigan University

Distinguished Service Award Recipient Greene

Bert Greene ’55 earned a bachelor of science from Eastern Michigan University, and went on to a distinguished teaching career at EMU. After that, he became one of the most active and recognizable alumni figures on campus, contributing to the University in myriad ways.

Bert served as a professor teacher education in the College of Education from 1963 to 1997. During that time, he taught courses in research methods and statistics that were necessary for graduate school. He also taught the first course at Eastern on how to use the Internet, and was one of the first professors to develop and offer an online course.

During his tenure, Bert served as acting head of the Department of Teacher Education. He administered a department of 108 faculty members that included all areas of education, with the exception of special education and physical education. He developed and administered a budget, hired faculty and evaluated personnel and programs.

Later, Bert served as president of the Emeritus Faculty at Eastern. He was appointed to a variety of search committees, including the committee involved in the selection of President Susan Martin as Eastern’s 21st president.

His extensive University service includes stints on the Faculty Senate, Faculty Affairs Committee, University Press, the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee and the Admissions Review Board.

Bert has stayed highly active in University affairs, including attending meetings of the EMU Board of Regents. He remains a vital and cherished cheerleader, coach, advisor and financial supporter of the University.