by Walter Kraft, Published March 26, 2010
YPSILANTI - Governor Jennifer Granholm has appointed Michael Hawks and Erane Washington-Kendrick to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents. Their terms begin January 1, 2011.
Hawks, a graduate of Eastern who lives in Saugatuck, is the son of current Regent Gary Hawks. He is a director of Governmental Consultant Services, Inc. (GCSI), a legislative consulting firm in Lansing. Washington-Kendrick is the founder of the Law Firm of Erane C. Washington-Kendrick, PLLC, an Ann Arbor-based firm that represents individuals and businesses in a variety of legal areas including estate, business, securities and complex litigation. She also is a partner with the Julington Litigation Center
Hawks and Washington-Kendrick will fill seats held by two current Regents, Gary Hawks and Philip Incarnati, whose terms are complete at the end of the year. Gary Hawks was appointed in January 2007 to fill a vacancy. Incarnati was first appointed in 1992, also to fill a vacancy, was appointed to a full term in 1994, and then was reappointed to another term in 2002.
In announcing the appointments, Governor Granholm said, “Mike Hawks and Erane Washington-Kendrick are leaders in their communities who are committed to higher education and Eastern Michigan University. I am pleased to appoint them to the EMU Board of Control and am confident that they will help govern the university with thoughtfulness, integrity and transparency.”
“I am elated and honored to be appointed to the EMU Board of Regents,” said Washington-Kendrick. “It is a great opportunity to serve our local community in a new capacity and to add my first-generation college graduate perspective to a Board that serves such a diverse student population. It will be a privilege to participate in the governance of such a wonderful institution.”
Before opening her firm, Washington-Kendrick served for six years as judicial attorney/assistant to Judge Donald Shelton, Washtenaw Circuit Court. She also served seven years as assistant public defender for Washtenaw County. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the James Madison College at Michigan State University. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers and as a member of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. She lives in Ypsilanti.
“I’m both humbled and honored to be given the privilege to give back to the school that has given me so much opportunity in life,” said Hawks. “I look forward to working alongside the many respected professionals and community leaders to keep the positive momentum going at Eastern.”
Hawks has been an officer/board member with GCSI since 1999. Before that he was legislative consultant with the firm for nine years. He also served as chief of staff for the Majority Floor Leader in the Michigan House of Representatives and on the public affairs staff of the Speaker of the House. He was a four-year scholar-athlete in football at Eastern Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree in business administration. He earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from Michigan State University.
Upon hearing of the appointments, Eastern Michigan University Board Chair Roy Wilbanks said his reaction was "Wow, these are great appointments!" Wilbanks added, "EMU has really been able to capture momentum under the leadership of President Susan Martin. I believe these appointments with their connections to the University, the community and the state will help sustain that momentum."
“I am looking forward to working with Mike Hawks and Erane Washington-Kendrick,” said Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin. “They bring a broad background of experience and perspective and will help provide leadership that will guide Eastern’s growth and success for years to come.”
The Board of Regents is the governing body of Eastern Michigan University and comprises eight regents who are appointed to eight-year terms by the governor. The current Regents are Roy Wilbanks, chair; Floyd Clack; Gary D. Hawks; Philip A. Incarnati; Mohamed Okdie; Francine Parker, vice chair; Thomas W. Sidlik; and, James F. Stapleton.