Floyd Clack, M.A., 1972. Clack served the Flint Public Schools as a counselor and teacher for twenty-two years. Additionally, he was also a member of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners for eight years, served as a State Representative in the Michigan House of Representatives for fourteen years, was a member of the Flint City Council for three years, and was a president of the Flint Branch NAACP. In 2005, he was appointed to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm.
Mary Lou Durbin, Teaching Certificate, 1947; B.S., 1952; M.A., 1960; Specialist, 1966. Mary Lou Durbin received her State Limited Degree and Certificate as well as her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State Normal College in 1947 and 1952, respectively. She also received her Master of Arts and Specialist degrees from Eastern Michigan University in 1960 and 1966, respectively. Additionally, Durbin received a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Michigan in 1977. For over fifty years, she has been actively dedicated to helping elementary students in realizing their potential and self-worth, using professional experience joined with a background in classroom teaching and administration in special education. For her extensive contributions to education and the community, Durbin was given special tributes by George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as Michigan Governor John Engler and three congresspersons.
Michael Flanagan, M.A., 1974. Michael Flanagan was appointed State Superintendent of Public Instruction by the State Board of Education on May 18, 2005. Previously, Flanagan served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, on the board of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators. For the previous seven years, he served as the Superintendent of the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency where he placed a strong emphasis on rising to the challenge of educating children living in poverty. Additionally, Flanagan served as Superintendent of the Farmington/Farmington Hills School District in Michigan for five years, was a member of former Michigan Gov. John Engler’s Reading Plan for Michigan Council; and was appointed Education Commissioner on the Detroit 300 Commission by former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer.
Sam Yarger, B.S., 1959. He dedicated his life to education, starting in the late 1950s as an elementary school teacher, school psychologist, and elementary school principal in Michigan. He then earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology at Wayne State University in 1968. Yarger served as dean and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as associate dean at Syracuse University prior to becoming professor and dean at the University of Miami. Under his leadership, the education programs at these universities flourished, and continue to credit their success to him.