by the Office of Alumni Relations, Published May 13, 2014
Michael A. Boulus '74G has served as the executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan since January 2003. The Presidents Council is the coordinating body for the state's 15 public universities. In this role, Mike uses his expertise to stay on top of crucial issues affecting education, interacting with state legislators, the Governor, and others to gain support, funding and recognition for these institutions.
Prior to joining the Presidents Council, Mike served as deputy state treasurer for the Michigan Department of Treasury, overseeing the Bureau of Student Financial Assistance, the School Bond Loan Program, Local Government Services, Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis, and the state's educational assessment program.
Mike is the former executive director of the Middle Cities Education Association and former deputy executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators. He is the founder and first president of the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative and serves on the board of directors for Next Energy, a business incubator for energy related start-up companies. He also serves on the boards of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce and the advisory board for the Michigan Public Goods Policy Development Project.
Mike earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 1974 and served as president of the EMU Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1986 to 1987. He also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Michigan State University and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Notre Dame. He is the recipient of several awards, including the National Leadership Award for Educational Leadership, in recognition of his contributions to the improvement of the American education; the University of Notre Dame Exemplar Award, in recognition of outstanding service to country, education and church; the Michigan State University College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award; and the Eastern Michigan University Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1981. Most recently, he was recognized as the 2011 American Arab Educator of the Year by the American Arab Chamber of Commerce.