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Dan Arbour - Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award Recipient

by Chris Vilag, Published May 9, 2012


Dan Arbour ('78) is the chief executive officer of Apogee, LLC. Prior to his current position, he was CEO of NA Publishing (formerly National Archive Publishing) from 2005 to 2011.

With a Master's of Business Administration from EMU, Arbour worked his way up the ladder at University Microfilm, Inc. (a division of Xerox Corp.) beginning in 1974. UMI was acquired by Bell & Howell, and later renamed ProQuest. In his 31 years at ProQuest, he held various senior management positions, which contributed to his promotion to vice president of North American sales.

He has a long history of volunteer service at EMU, dating back to the mid-1990s, when he served on the EMU Library Resource and Technology Board. Arbour has been involved with the EMU Foundation for more than 10 years. He served as a trustee (2001 to 2009), vice chair (2005 to 2007), chairman in 2007 to 2009 and chairman emeritus since 2009. Dan's term as chairman ended in June 2009 with an exceptional fundraising year – contributions totaled $6.8 million. The public launch of Invest. Inspire., The Campaign for Eastern Michigan University that took place the following spring. According to Maureen Thomas, who followed him as Foundation chair in 2009, said Dan's steady leadership during the silent phase of the campaign is a major part of the reason the campaign will conclude ahead of schedule and above the $50 million goal.

In addition, Arbour is also the chairman of the Scio Township Downtown Development Authority. Dan also served as a board member of the Friends of Libraries USA, with an extended term as president. He is an Ann Arbor resident.

Join us for the 51st Annual Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, to celebrate Dan's accomplishment. more information can be found at: