EMU announces three key hires in Academic Affairs

by Geoff Larcom, Published June 15, 2010

YPSILANTI - Donald Ritzenhein, vice president for university affairs at Macomb Community College (MCC), has been hired as a key administrator overseeing academic personnel and union contract administration at Eastern Michigan University.

Ritzenhein will serve on the administration’s bargaining team in this summer’s negotiations with the EMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which is the professors’ union at Eastern.

Ritzenhein earned a doctorate in communication at Wayne State University in 1999, and master’s in speech communication there in 1980. He earned his bachelor’s at Monteith College at Wayne State in 1968. He has served in a variety of administrative positions at MCC, including roles as provost and chief learning officer, assistant vice president for development and director of alumni relations.

He also served as director of personnel and labor relations for the city of Mount Clemens, where he successfully negotiated contracts with the police, fire and other unions without work stoppages.

Ritzenhein brings strong qualifications to an important role at Eastern, said Jack Kay, EMU provost and executive vice president. “Don’s experience spans a wide variety of jobs and challenges that will serve him well in this position and make him a valuable member of the academic affairs leadership team,” Kay said. “He will play a central role in working with the faculty this summer and beyond as we focus on serving our students.”

Ritzenhein’s title is assistant vice president, academic personnel and contract administration, and includes tenure at the rank of professor in the department of communications, theatre and media arts. The appointment is one of three crucial hires in the EMU Division of Academic Affairs approved by the EMU Board of Regents Tuesday.

Tara Lynn Fulton, dean of library and information services and associate vice president for academic affairs at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, has been hired as university librarian at EMU.

 Bin Ning, director of the office of institutional research at the University of Toledo, has been hired as assistant vice president and executive director of institutional research and information management at EMU.

Fulton earned a doctorate in higher education at Penn State University along with a master’s in education at the University of Texas. She earned a master’s of library and information science and her bachelor’s at Indiana University.

Ning earned a doctorate and master’s in higher education at Toledo, and a bachelor’s in engineering mechanics at the Beijing Institute of Technology.

Ritzenhein’s salary is $168,000, Fulton’s is $143,000 and Ning’s is $135,000.

Geoff Larcom



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