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Jan. 16, 2006
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Two elected to EMU Foundation Board of Trustees

YPSILANTI - Two area business leaders were recently elected to the Eastern Michigan University Foundation Board of Trustees.

Patricia L. Alexander, vice president of small business development at Comerica Bank, recently was elected to the board. She resides in Southfield, Mich., and serves as a volunteer.

She has served in the financial industry since 1981 and currently manages a loan portfolio in excess of $50 million at Comerica. Alexander also supports the investment, cash management and succession planning efforts of metropolitan Detroit business owners.

Alexander’s community service includes past chair and current trustee with the Metropolitan Growth and Development Corp., and past treasurer and current adviser for the Michigan Inter-Faith Fund.

Alexander received her bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and a master’s degree from Walsh College.

Odell Jones, III, also was recently elected to the Foundation Board. He is a lifelong resident of Detroit and serves as a volunteer.

Jones is president and CEO of JOMAR Building Co., a leading institutional, industrial and commercial builder with headquarters in Detroit. He has more than 32 years experience in building design and construction.

Jones volunteers in the community as a trustee of the Michigan Opera Theatre, is chairman of the A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center’s TIE Advisory Committee, and is the current chair of the Associated General Contractors — Greater Detroit Chapter.

The EMU Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that increases private support and manages endowment assets for the benefit of Eastern Michigan University.



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