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History of the EMU Board of Regents

The Board of Regents is the governing body of Eastern Michigan University. Its current format was created when the State of Michigan ratified a new constitution Jan. 6, 1964. The Board comprises eight regents who are appointed to eight-year terms by the governor, with the approval of the senate.


Former Regents

[Deceased regents are indicated by (d.)]

  • O. William Habel (Jan. 1964-Oct. 1967) d.
  • J. Don Lawrence (Jan. 1964-Oct. 1967) d.
  • Dr. Martin P. O'Hara (Jan. 1964-Oct. 1967) d.
  • Lawrence R. Husse (Jan. 1964-Dec. 1972) d.
  • Virginia R. Allan (Jan. 1964-April 1974) d.
  • Veda S. Anderson (Nov. 1967-Dec. 1974)
  • Dr. Charles L. Anspach (Jan. 1964-June 1974) d.
  • George E. Stripp (Jan. 1967-Dec. 1976) d.
  • Dr. Mildred Beatty Smith (Jan. 1964-June 1977)
  • Edward J. McCormick (Jan. 1964-Dec. 1978) d.
  • Dr. John F. Ullrich (Jan. 1975-Oct. 1979) d.
  • Linda D. Bernard (Oct. 1977-Dec. 1980)
  • James T. Barnes, Jr. (Oct. 1979-Dec. 1982)
  • Carleton K. Rush (June 1974-Dec. 1982)
  • Dr. Warren L. Board (Jan. 1979-Dec. 1984)
  • Dr. Timothy J. Dyer (Jan. 1973-May 1984)
  • Dolores A. Kinzel (Jan. 1977-Dec. 1984) d.
  • Beth Wharton Milford (April 1974-Dec. 1986) d.
  • Geraldine M. Ellington (Feb. 1981-Dec. 1988) d.
  • Donald E. Shelton (Feb. 1987-Feb. 1990)
  • William Simmons (March 1983-Dec. 1990)
  • Geneva Y. Titsworth (March 1983-Dec. 1990)
  • John H. Burton (Jan. 1985-Jan. 1992) d.
  • Dr. Richard N. Robb (Dec. 1967-Dec. 1992)
  • Thomas Guastello (Jan. 1985-Dec. 1992)
  • Robin W. Sternbergh (Jan. 1991-Dec. 1992)
  • Frederick L. Blackmon (Jan. 1993-March 1996)
  • Anthony A. Derezinski (Jan. 1984-Dec. 1996)
  • James Clifton (Jan. 1989 - Dec. 1996)
  • Mara L. Letica (Jan. 1993 - Jan. 1997)
  • Gayle P. Thomas (Jan. 1991 - Jan. 1999)
  • Carl D. Pursell (Jan. 1993 - Dec. 1999) d.
  • Donna Milhouse (April 1999 - Feb. 2000)
  • William J. Stephens (June 1996 - March 2001)
  • Robert DeMattia (June 1991 - Dec. 2002)
  • Rosalind E. Griffin, M.D. (March 1997 - Dec. 2004)
  • Mike Morris (March 1997 - Dec. 2004; Feb. 2011 - present)
  • Steven G. Gordon (May 2001 - March 2005)
  • Joseph Antonini (June 1997 - Dec. 2006)
  • Jan A. Brandon (April 2000 - Dec. 2006)
  • Karen Quinlan Valvo (March 2001 - Dec. 2006)
  • Sharon J. Rothwell (Jan. 2003 - Dec. 2006)
  • Ismael Ahmed (Jan. 2007 - Aug. 2007)
  • Philip Incarnati (Feb. 1992 - Dec. 2010)
  • Gary Hawks (Jan. 2007 - Dec. 2010)
  • Mohamed Okdie (Nov. 2007 - Feb. 2011)
  • Thomas W. Sidlik (Jan. 2005 - Dec. 2012)
  • Roy E. Wilbanks (Jan. 2005 - Dec. 2012)

Board Chairs

  • Edward McCormick (Jan. '64 - Jan. '75)
  • Richard Robb (Jan. '75 - Feb. '85)
  • William Simmons (Feb. '85 - Jan. '88)
  • Geneva Titsworth (Jan. '88 - Jan. '89)
  • John Burton (Jan. '89 - Jan. 91)
  • Anthony Derezinski (Jan. '91 - Jan. '93)
  • Robert DeMattia (Jan. '93 - Jan. '95)
  • Philip Incarnati (Jan. '95 - April '05)
  • Karen Quinlan Valvo (June '05 - Dec. '06)
  • Thomas W. Sidlik (Jan '07 - Feb. '09)
  • Roy E. Wilbanks (Feb. '09 - Dec. '12)
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