by Geoff Larcom, Published December 06, 2012
YPSILANTI – Tom Sidlik and Roy Wilbanks are completing an eventful and productive eight-year tenure on the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents, a time marked by unprecedented campus development, increased academic offerings and stability in top leadership.
Wilbanks, who is ending a four-year stint as chair of the board, and Sidlik, a former chair, will end their terms on Dec. 31, 2012. Each was appointed for a regular, eight-term by Governor Jennifer Granholm in Dec. 2004. Their last regularly scheduled board meeting is Dec. 6.
"I am proud and gratified by the changes and improvements that have occurred on campus during this time," Wilbanks said. "It's been important, complex and satisfying work that drew upon outstanding efforts by the regents, administration, faculty, staff and students."
Sidlik said, "It's been a privilege to represent the people of Michigan on the governing board of EMU for these past eight years. Starting with our great faculty in the classrooms to the board of regents, Eastern is a student-focused university that truly cares about student success in all aspects of their stay here."
Since joining the board at the same time, Wilbanks and Sidlik have had what Wilbanks labels a "consistency of commitment" to making EMU the best university possible in serving its students. Highlights of their terms include:
Wilbanks, an Ypsilanti native who attended Ypsilanti High School and earned a Master's from Eastern Michigan, has served the University in a variety of key roles. Those include assistant to the president for government and community relations, vice president for university relations and secretary to the board of regents and president and chief executive officer of the EMU Foundation. In 1989, between the terms of EMU presidents John Porter and William Shelton, Wilbanks served as executive vice president and chief executive officer the University.
He was an All-American wrestler at Colorado State University and was inducted into the Ypsilanti High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Wilbanks received the John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award from EMU, as well as a distinguished service award from the Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sidlik, of Ann Arbor, was elected board vice-chair in 2005, soon after joining the board of regents, and in January 2007 he was elected to serve as board chair for a term ending in February 2009. He has served as chair of the EMU Educational Policies Committee since January 2007.
In 2007, he retired from the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management in Germany after a 34-year career in the automotive industry. He received a B.S. from New York University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.