by the Office of Alumni Relations, Published May 13, 2014
Dr. Timothy J. Dyer '61, '65G association with Eastern Michigan University began as an undergraduate student with a passion for political science, forensics and debate. He was active in student government and president of the National Newman Student Federation. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University in 1961 and his master's degree in educational administration in 1965.
Upon receiving his undergraduate degree, Tim embarked on a successful professional career in the public schools. He was an exceptional high school teacher and debate coach, which led to his appointment as the youngest principal in the Wayne-Westland School District at Adlai E. Stevenson Junior High School. Tim also was elected to Ypsilant's City Council at the age of 30, and then elected as mayor of the City of Ypsilanti from 1968-1970. His professional accomplishments include positions as Superintendent of the Wayne-Westland Community Schools, Superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District, President of the Maricopa County Superintendents Association, President of the Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Eastern Michigan University.
Tim has a long history of service to EMU. He was appointed to the EMU Board of Regents in 1973, where he served with distinction as Regent and Chair of the Finance Committee until 1984 During his tenure on the Board of Regents, Tim's recommendation to create a department for technology resulted in EMU's College of Technology. He was inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Forensics Hall of Fame in 2011. Last fall, Tim was elected to the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees.
His training and belief in forensics was solidified in 2010 with his generous bequest to establish the Dr. Timothy J. Dyer Distinguished Interdisciplinary Chair in Forensics and Human Rights. This pledge was the catalyst for the development of the Center for Study of Equality and Human Rights. The Center's mission is to promote, support and disseminate research focused on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender equality and human rights. It is dedicated to the advancement of equality by connecting academic, evidence based research to community action, public policy, and curricular innovation. That same year, Tim served as EMU's commencement speaker where he challenged students to remember the power of education, the importance of communication, develop their human skills, and leave a place better than they found it.
In addition, Tim received his doctorate in curriculum development from Wayne State University, was appointed commissioner of the Education Commission for the State of Arizona and was named Arizona Superintendent of the Year in 1989.