Eastern Michigan University selects finalists for Chief of Governmental and Community Relations

by Walter Kraft, Published November 13, 2009

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has narrowed its search for a new Chief of Governmental and Community Relations to two finalists. The search, which began Sept. 23 when the position was posted, netted 95 applicants before it was closed on Oct. 24. A search/screening committee, consisting of EMU President Susan Martin, Regent Gary Hawks, EMU alum and former State Representative Kirk Profit, Secretary for the Board of Regents Jackie Kurtz and EMU Chief Financial Officer John Lumm, reviewed the applicants and initially narrowed the group to seven.  On October 30, members of the search/screening committee conducted telephone interviews with the seven candidates. The finalists are:

  • Jon Cool, Chief of Staff, Michigan Sen. Jud Gilbert
  • Felicia Wasson, Associate State Director-Government Affairs, AARP Michigan

The finalists will be scheduled for an on-campus visit, which will include an open campus forum and an interview with President Martin, and with the interview committee chaired by Chief Financial Officer John Lumm and including Provost Jack Kay, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Bernice Lindke, Vice President for Communications Walter Kraft, Professor of Social Work Marcia Bombyk and Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts Jessica Alexander. The interview committee will provide recommendations to President Martin who will consult with the Personnel and Compensation Committee of the Board of Regents before making a final appointment.

Campus forums and interviews with the finalists are expected to be completed in early December.

Walter Kraft



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