by Ward Mullens, Published February 24, 2009
YPSILANTI — Roy E. Wilbanks, former vice president for university relations at EMU, was elected chair of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents at its regular meeting Feb. 24.
Wilbanks was employed by Eastern Michigan University in various roles such as: assistant to the president for government and community relations, vice president for university relations and secretary to the board of regents, and president and chief executive officer of the Eastern Michigan Foundation.
Wilbanks, a resident of Ypsilanti, has been an EMU regent since 2004. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.
Francine Parker, of St. Clair Shores, was elected vice chair. Parker was appointed by Governor Granholm in January 2007. In 2008, Parker retired as president and CEO of Health Alliance Plan.
John Lumm, interim chief financial officer, was elected treasurer to the board. Jackie Kurtz was re-elected secretary to the Board. Grant Thornton LLP of Jackson was named the University’s internal auditor, effective February 2009-June 2011.