by Walter Kraft, Published March 23, 2010
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has named Linda McGill special assistant to the president, pending approval by the Board of Regents. The appointment is effective March 29, 2010.
McGill's background includes extensive experience in corporate and organizational communications along with human resources during a 32-year career at General Motors Corporation. Most recently, she served as director, communications technology and services, where she was responsible for web-based systems, vehicle media/press kits, and other digital support activities. She also provided oversight to GM's Heritage Museum, the home of the company's classic/historical vehicles, and was a member of the communications team that executed the company's bankruptcy announcement.
"Linda brings excellent organizational expertise and a strong understanding of communication and project management,” said Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin. “She will be a great asset to our team.”
McGill’s responsibilities at Eastern will include working closely with members of the executive council management team to ensure implementation of objectives, as well as assuring the accurate flow of information between offices/units and institutional executives. She also will be responsible for planning key follow-up action to ensure timely tracking and monitoring of the progress of projects, action items and strategies.
“I look forward to joining Eastern,” McGill said. “I see great opportunity in the many facets of assisting President Martin and her leadership team with the future direction of this vibrant and important educational institution."
At GM, McGill also served as communications director at various divisions and corporate staffs supporting key business functions such as information technology, purchasing and supply chain, real estate, environmental public policy and manufacturing. In several positions during her career, she also was responsible for community and local government relations and served on various community boards.
McGill received a Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. McGill lives in Novi with her husband, George Tangalakis. Her salary will be $100,000.