Eastern Michigan University
Beth Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.
Beth Fitzsimmons was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in February 2011 to replace Mohamed Okdie. She is appointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2016. She serves as chair of the Student Affairs committee.
Dr. Fitzsimmons founded Information Strategists, LLC, in 1987, a company that provides information services for high tech companies. Clients include scientists, engineers, marketing specialists and executives of major U.S. corporations.
She earned a degree in Chemistry from Simmons College, an MLS from the University of Albany and in 2001 she earned her doctorate in Public Policy specializing in Information Policy from George Mason University.
From 2003-2008, she was appointed by the President and chaired the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS). From 1996-1999, Dr. Fitzsimmons was involved with several projects at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to that, she was associated with CENDI; an Executive Branch interagency working group composed of the scientific and technical (STI) managers from the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Defense, Health and Human Services, and NASA.
Dr. Fitzsimmons served as the information specialist for 10 years at Aerodyne Research, Inc., and also has served as the Chairman of the Depository Library Council to the U.S. Public Printer (1993-94) and received the Public Printer's Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Fitzsimmons has served on the Advisory Board of the School of Library and Information Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), on the Advisory Board of the College of Computing and Information (CCI) at the University of Albany and was appointed to the Knowledge Trust. A member of the American Chemical Society for over 25 years, she has served on the ACS Committee of Patent and Related Matters (CPRM) for 5 years.
Locally, she has served as President of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor (2010-11), on the Boards of the Ann Arbor YMCA, University of Michigan Libraries, and the Library of Michigan Foundation. She has served as chair of the Educational Policies Committee, chair of the Student Affairs Committee, and currently is chair of the Finance and Investment Committee, Vice Chair of Educational Policies and a member of the Personnel and Compensation Committee.
First appointed: Feb. 2011
Current term expires: Dec. 2016
Board of Regents Office
207 Welch Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48107