Lumm named Chief Financial Officer at Eastern Michigan University; Gallaher named Chief Human Resources Officer

by Pamela Young, Published August 19, 2009

YPSILANTI, Mich.— Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has named John Lumm Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to the Board of Regents.  Lumm previously served as Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to the Board of Regents. 

The University also named James Gallaher as its new Chief Human Resources Officer.  He was Director of Training and Professional Development.  The actions are pending approval by the Board of Regents. 

“This is an exciting opportunity to enhance our executive team with successful and proven professionals,” said Susan Martin, president of EMU.  “Over the last 17 months since he was named Interim Chief Financial Officer, John Lumm has helped us navigate the challenging economic environment facing all institutions of higher education.  He has fostered openness and transparency through establishment of a campus Budget Council and other forums.
“James Gallaher brings great energy and leadership to our HR team,” said Martin.  “Over the past year he has led numerous initiatives and is highly regarded by his colleagues in HR and across the university.  His appointment reflects our strong commitment to the professionalism of our human resources functions.”

Lumm said "There is real positive momentum at EMU and I'm excited about the opportunity to continue working with the Board, President Martin and the entire campus community to build on that progress.  Our finance team at EMU is focused on strong financial oversight as well as leading University-wide business and process improvements."

Gallaher said, “This is a great time at EMU.  We have an outstanding foundation of personnel with a commitment to continuous improvement and staff development.  I look forward to expanding my responsibilities and helping to lead EMU to even greater success in the future.”

Lumm was named Interim Chief Financial Officer in March 2008.  He joined EMU after retiring from Ford Motor Company in 2007 as Controller for Powertrain Operations, after spending 28 years with the company.

He received his Master of Business Administration in Finance degree from the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Economics degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.  Lumm’s contract was extended at the same rate of pay of $195,000.

Gallaher has been Director of Training and Professional Development at EMU since April 2008.  Before that he was Senior Human Resources Consultant at General Motors and held various HR positions at GM since 1999. Gallaher earned a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Education degrees from UIUC and a Master of Science in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  Gallaher’s new salary will be $120,000.

EMU also announced the formation of a new executive management structure to replace the Strategic Operations Council and streamline the decision-making process. 

The moves include the establishment of a Cabinet, which includes President Susan Martin; Provost and Executive Vice President Jack Kay; Vice President for Communications Walter Kraft; Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Bernice Lindke; Vice President for Advancement Donald Loppnow; and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to the Board of Regents John Lumm. 

A new Executive Council will include those named above, plus Chief of Operations John Donegan; Chief Human Resources Officer James Gallaher; Director, Intercollegiate Athletics Derrick Gragg; Chief Government Relations Officer Don Hazaert (interim); Executive Director of Board Affairs and Secretary to Board of Regents Jacqueline Kurtz; General Counsel/University Attorney Ken McKanders; Executive Director, Public Safety Greg O’Dell; and, Chief Information Officer Connie Schaffer (interim).

Pamela Young

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