Carol Lynn Babcock
Carol Lynn Babcock, '66, '69, '78. Since assuming her first principalship in 1978, Babcock has been highly involved in state, local, and national school leadership organizations, capped by her term of service as president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. She received her B.A. in elementary education from EMU and began teaching in 1966. After earning an M.A. in guidance and counseling, also from EMU, she became first a counselor, then a principal. She later earned her Sp.A. from EMU as well. Since 1989 she has been principal of Grant Elementary School in Livonia. Babcock has won numerous awards as an educator and school leader, including an EMU Outstanding Alumnus Award and placement on the 1988 National School Boards Association "Executive Educator 100" list.
Ruth Boughner, '17, '23. The first woman inducted into the EMU Athletic Hall of Fame, Boughner spent a long and notable career at EMU. She received a teaching certificate from MSNC in 1917 and began teaching at the College in 1920. After earning a B.A. from the College in 1923 (and an M.A. from UM), Boughner taught as a professor in the (then) Physical Education department until 1952, including 11 years as the chair of the Women's Division of the department. After her retirement, a scholarship fund was established in her name and the exercise science laboratory in the Warner Building honors her. Boughner died in 1989.
Don Cameron, '61, '62, '85. A product of Michigan's public schools, Cameron is a staunch advocate for public education in America. After earning B.A. and M.A. degrees at EMU, Cameron taught in the Birmingham, Michigan schools. He is distinguished by his long and varied career with the National Education Association, serving as executive director from 1983 until recent weeks. He serves on the board of a variety of educational and social organizations, and has won numerous honors and awards.
John DiBiaggio, '54, '85. President of Tufts University since 1992, DiBiaggio is perhaps best known in Michigan for his term as president of MSU from 1985 to 1992. DiBiaggio graduated from EMU in 1954 with a B.S. He practiced dentistry for several years before returning to the field of education. He held administrative appointments at the University of Kentucky and Virginia Commonwealth university and was president of the University of Connecticut before returning to his home state. DiBiaggio also has a distinguished record of public service, including the presidency of the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society.
Timothy J. Dyer
Timothy J. Dyer, '61, '65. Dyer graduated from EMU with a B.A. in 1961 and received an M.A. in 1965. He served in the educational field as a teacher and principal and was mayor of Ypsilanti from 1968 to 1970. He simultaneously held positions as the superintendent of the Wayne-Westland school district and on the EMU Board of Regents (1973-1983), before he left the state to become superintendent of the nation's largest high school district in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1990, Dyer accepted the position of executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, serving in that capacity until 1998.
Arthur E. Ellis
Arthur E. Ellis, '70. Ellis has had a distinguished career in educational administration in the state of Michigan. After earning his M.A. at EMU and serving as a member of the staff here, he became vice-president for public affairs at Central Michigan University (1970-1985). In 1985, he became president of CMU, serving until 1991. He entered state government, serving as head of the state Commerce Department and, since August 1995, as Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Michigan.
Thomas Fleming, '68, '93. As a teenager, Fleming had very limited skills in reading and writing and he dropped out of high school. Teaching himself to read, he eventually earned an M.A. in special education at EMU. The quality of his twenty-year teaching career at the Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention Center earned him the 1991 Michigan Teacher of the Year award, followed by the 1992 National Teacher of the Year award. In 1994, Fleming was appointed special assistant to the provost at EMU, a position he currently holds.
Hayes Jones, '61. While still a student at EMU, Jones won a bronze medal for the 110 meter hurdles in the 1960 Olympic games in Rome. After graduating in 1961 with a B.A. from EMU, Jones returned to the Olympics, earning a gold medal in the 1964 games in Tokyo in the same event. A member of the Michigan Athletic Hall of Fame and the Helms Athletic Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, Jones went on to become a successful businessman and an active participant in community affairs.
Jack Minzey, '50. A longtime EMU professor and administrator, Minzey is also well known for his work in community education. Minzey earned his B.A. in 1950 from EMU. After service in the K-12 schools and in the Michigan Department of Education, he joined the EMU faculty in 1968 and served at various times as head of the Department of Leadership and Counseling, acting dean of the College of Education, and director of the Center for Community Education. Minzey also served as president of the National Community Education Association and has won numerous awards, including an Outstanding Service Award and the 1986 Distinguished Service Award from the NCEA. In 1992, Minzey was inducted into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame.
Carl Pursell, '57, '62, '80. Pursell earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from EMU. He taught in area schools, then took up a political career, serving in both the Michigan Senate (six years) and the United States House of Representatives (16 years), where he was the ranking Republican on the Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Pursell served on the EMU Board of Regents from 1993 to 2000.