Eastern Michigan University fills top governmental and community relations posts

Former Ann Arbor City Councilman Leigh Greden and state senator’s chief of staff, Chad Wing, appointed to lead external efforts

by Geoff Larcom, Published February 16, 2010

YPSILANTI --  Eastern Michigan University has filled out its governmental and community relations team with a pair of appointments aimed at maintaining excellent relations at the local, state and national level.

Former Ann Arbor City Councilman Leigh Greden has been named executive director, governmental and community relations, pending approval by the Board of Regents. The appointment is effective March 22, 2010.

Chad Wing, chief of staff for State Senator Tony Stamas, has been named director of state and federal relations, pending approval by the Board of Regents. The appointment is effective March 1.

Greden has been an associate with Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC,
in Ann Arbor since 2004. He has represented the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents and the University of Michigan, as well as automotive and public utility clients.  From 2000-2004, he was an associate with Dykema Gossett PLLC in Detroit.

From 2003-2009, Greden served as a member of the Ann Arbor City Council, representing the 3rd Ward.  While a councilman, he served as chair of the Student Relations Committee, Audit Committee and Administration Committee and was a member of several other committees.  From 1995-1996, he was public liaison for the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congresswoman Lynn Rivers. His assignment area included Ypsilanti.

“Leigh Greden brings an outstanding combination of government and community involvement and contacts to Eastern Michigan,” said Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin.  “Leigh will make a valuable contribution to our team as we head into a challenging time of appropriations hearings on the state level as well as the federal budget process.”

Greden said, “As a lifelong resident of Washtenaw County, I have had an excellent opportunity to witness the positive momentum and professionalism of the Eastern Michigan University leadership team. I look forward to carrying this message to Lansing and to Washington, while working closely with Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County to achieve greater collaboration on key initiatives.”

Greden and Wing were selected following an extensive search process. The search committee for Greden included representatives of the Eastern Michigan University president’s cabinet, faculty and student government. President Martin made the appointments.

Greden is familiar with higher education as a result of his work with universities, as well as his family background. His father, John Greden, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, serves as executive director
of the U-M Depression Center, and spent 22 years as chair of psychiatry.

Greden received his juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. He received a bachelor of arts degree in Political Economy from Albion College, where he graduated magna cum laude. Greden lives in Ann Arbor. His salary will be $135,000.

In serving as chief of staff for Senator Stamas since 2003, Wing has helped formulate Stamas’ priorities in his role as chair of the Senate Higher Education Subcommittee. Wing oversees legislation the senator produces, and acts as a liaison between the senator and other elected officials. He also oversees communications with district media.

“Chad Wing’s deep understanding of the state’s higher education budget process and Lansing politics, along with his extensive contacts in the legislature, make him an ideal fit for Eastern Michigan and this position,” Martin said.

Wing received a bachelor of arts in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Wing lives in Lansing. His salary will be $80,000.

Geoff Larcom



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