EMU Regents grant emeritus status to three faculty members, two staff

by Pamela Young, Published October 20, 2009

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to three faculty and two staff members at its regular meeting Oct. 20.

Faculty and staff may be nominated for emeritus status upon retirement if they have at least 15 years of service. Those granted emeritus status are:

  • Margaret E. Best of Ypsilanti, associate professor, university library, who retired in Aug. 2009 after 32 years of service. She was cited for her deep engagement with the instructional mission and learning culture at EMU. In addition, she taught classes as an adjunct faculty member of the English department and frequently presented lectures in children’s literature.
  • Glenda Kirkland of Southfield, professor of music and dance, who retired in Aug. 2009 after 36 years of service. Her colleagues recognize Kirkland as an artist, teacher and scholar. A graduate of Julliard School, her career included performances with opera companies, oratorio societies and symphony orchestras. As a scholar she is recognized for her research of the works of African-American composers.
  • Morrey Kramer of Ann Arbor, associate professor, accounting and finance, who retired in Aug. 2009 after 25 years of service. Colleagues cite him as a brilliant statistician with tremendous intellectual curiosity and a desire to investigate and solve statistical problems. He also is known for his commitment and dedication to students.
  • Gerald Davis, of Ann Arbor, library master technician, who retired in Dec. 2006 after 40 years of service.  He was responsible for the audio-visual equipment for the university. An expert in mechanical and electrical equipment, he repaired electronic circuitry and computers, and interpreted blueprints, schematics, diagrams and specifications.
  • Donovan Hahlbrock of Ypsilanti, library master technician, who retired in Sept. 2009 after 40 years of service.  His responsibilities included installing, repairing and operating recording and sound reproduction, and provided regular maintenance on the library’s automated storage and retrieval system.

In other business, the board approved the retirement of Emo Honzaki of Ann Arbor, project coordinator for The Learning Center. Honzaki retired in Sept. 2009 after 23 years of service.

Pamela Young

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