EMU regents approve eight staff appointments

by Ward Mullens, Published June 23, 2009

YPSILANTI —The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of eight new staff at its regular meeting April 21.

Of the eight appointments, two (25 percent) are female and six (75 percent) are males. The group includes three Caucasians (38 percent) four African-Americans (50 percent) and one Asian (12 percent).

Those receiving appointments are:

Jack Kay, of Grand Blanc, provost and executive vice president.  Before coming to EMU, Kay was provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; acting vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement and professor of communication at the University of Michigan-Flint. He served as interim chancellor at the University of Michigan-Flint from January 2007 to August 2008.  From September 2005 to February 2007, Kay served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint. He also served as acting vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement from October 2008 to the present. Kay received his doctorate in communication from Wayne State University, his master’s degree in speech communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and his bachelor’s degree in speech and political science from Wayne State University.

Ryan Caster, of Rose Township, Mich., Web analyst programmer, continuing education. Before coming to EMU, Caster was a programmer/analyst for Independent Consultant from 2006-2009.  Previously, Caster was a senior lead programmer/analyst for Flagstar Bank  in Troy, Mich., from 1998-2006.
Benjamin Walraven, of Ypsilanti, messaging and collaborative systems administrator, DoIT-network and system services. Before coming to EMU, Walraven was senior systems administrator for Service Brands International in Ann Arbor from 2003-2009. Previously, Walraven was IT lead systems administrator for Syncroness, Inc., in Westminster, Colo., from 2000-2002. Walraven received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University in Flint.
Eric Williams, of Belleville, assistant manager, general accounting, financial operations. Before coming to EMU, Williams was director of grant and contract accounting at the Illinois Institute of Technology from 2006-2008. Previously, he was a manager III of institutional support at Wayne State University from 2005-2006 and a manager III of sponsored program administration at Wayne State from 2002-2005.  Williams received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.

Ayanna McConnell, of Ypsilanti, program coordinator, new student and transfer programs, Campus Life. Previously, McConnell was  a graduate assistant in EMU’s Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management from 2007-2009. She was assistant director and mentorship program coordinator at the University of Michigan from 2001-2007. McConnell received her master’s degree in higher education/student affairs from Eastern Michigan University and her bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Cleary College in Ann Arbor.

Kelley Wu, of Adrian, admissions adviser, admissions-off-campus outreach. Before coming to EMU, Wu was an admissions counselor at Adrian College from 2008-2009. Wu was a student campus tour guide/student coordinator at Eastern Michigan University from 2006-2008. Wu received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Eastern Michigan University.

Others receiving appointments are:

Wayne Smith, of Ypsilanti, laundry operator, intercollegiate athletics-equipment maintenance.

Samuel Simpson, of Sterling Heights, custodian, Student Center operations.

Ward Mullens

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