EMU regents grant emeritus status to former regent two staff members

by Pamela Young, Published June 23, 2009

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to a former regent and two staff members at its regular meeting June 23.

  • Judge Donald E. Shelton was granted regent emeritus status due to his distinguished service as a former member of the Board of Regents and longtime supporter of Eastern Michigan University. Shelton was appointed to the Board by then Gov. James Blanchard in 1987 and served with distinction until 1990. He has served the community as a circuit judge in Ann Arbor for more than 19 years and demonstrated his commitment to education through his role as an adjunct faculty member teaching criminal justice and political science at EMU. Shelton also has shown his dedication to his alma mater by serving in various volunteer capacities and by establishing the Donald E. Shelton Wrestling Scholarship.

Staff members who have at least 15 years of service may be nominated for emeritus status upon retirement. The staff members granted emeritus status are:

  • Charlene Hunt, administrative secretary, who retires June 30 after more than 33 years. Hunt, of Ypsilanti, has worked in a number of departments at EMU, including Snow Health Center, the President’s Office, Campus Life, and the Student Center and currently as an administrative secretary for the Division of Student Affairs, and Enrollment Management. Her accomplishments include helping to facilitate the groundbreaking of the Student Center and the “Final Stretch”, the planning and implementation teams that opened the new EMU Student Center in 2006.
  • George Klein, director of academic programs abroad, who retired April 23 after 22 years of service. Klein, of Ypsilanti, has been an outstanding ambassador for the study abroad program at Eastern Michigan. He has mentored his staff, worked with faculty to develop new programs and strived to reinvent the Department of Continuing Education’s strategy as it moved to shorter programs. His expertise in the study abroad field has helped to build and maintain an effective program.

Pamela Young

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