Governor reappoints Regents Okdie, Stapleton

by Ward Mullens, Published January 26, 2009

YPSILANTI — – Governor Jennifer Granholm has reappointed Mohamed Okdie and James Stapleton to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents.

Okdie and Stapleton were reappointed to the board for a term that expires Dec. 31, 2016.

Okdie was originally appointed to the Board by Gov. Granholm in November 2007 to replace Ismael Ahmed, who resigned to lead the Michigan Department of Human Services.

Okdie is a school social worker for the Detroit Public School System. He received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's degree in social work from Wayne State University. Prior to working for the Detroit Public School System, Okdie was a psychiatric social worker at Detroit Receiving Hospital and was a community liaison for Congressman John Conyers.

Stapleton was originally appointed by Gov. Granholm in January 2007 to replace Karen Valvo, who resigned. Stapleton is president and CEO of B&R Consultants.

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.

The current EMU Regents are Thomas W. Sidlik; Roy Wilbanks; Floyd Clack; Gary D. Hawks; Philip A. Incarnati; Francine Parker; Okdie and Stapleton.

Ward Mullens

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