by Walter Kraft, Published February 04, 2011
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Mike Morris and Michael Hawks to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents. The two have long ties to Eastern Michigan. Both appointments are for eight-year terms.
Hawks, a graduate of Eastern, is the son of former Regent Gary Hawks, whose term was completed at the end of the year. He is a partner of Governmental Consultant Services, Inc. (GCSI), a legislative consulting firm in Lansing. 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.
Morris is chairman and chief executive officer of American Electric Power (AEP), based in Columbus, Ohio. This is his second appointment as EMU Regent; he previously served from 1997-2004. Morris graduated from Eastern with both bachelor's ('69) and master's degrees ('73) in biology and in 1995 he received the university's Distinguished Alumni Award. He received a law degree, cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law and is a member of the Michigan Bar Association. Morris lives in Northville.
Morris and Hawks will fill seats held previously by Gary Hawks and Philip Incarnati, whose terms were 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 Snyder said, "These individuals will provide leadership and experience as Eastern fulfills its critical mission of preparing students for future success."
Eastern Michigan University Board Chair Roy Wilbanks said, "I am very excited about the Governor's appointments to Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents. Both Mr. Hawks and Mr. Morris hold degrees from EMU, know the university and are committed to its long-term success. I know my colleagues on the board join me in welcoming them."
Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin said, "I am very pleased to have Eastern alumni, Mike Morris and Michael Hawks, joining the Board of Regents. They will bring significant business and governmental expertise to our governing board."
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. In addition to the new appointments of Morris and Hawks, the current Regents are Roy Wilbanks, chair; Francine Parker, vice chair; Floyd Clack; Mohamed Okdie; Thomas Sidlik; and, James Stapleton.