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March 14, 2005
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Search coordinators recommend Fallon for EMU presidency

YPSILANTIEastern Michigan University Regents Jan Brandon and Steve Gordon, co-coordinators of the Presidential Search process, announced today that they will recommend John A. Fallon, III, be named EMU’s 21st president. The Board of Regents is expected to vote on the recommendation at its regular meeting Tuesday, March 15.

John A. Fallon, III

John A. Fallon, III

Dr. Fallon's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
An executive summary of Dr. Fallon's experience

Brandon called Fallon the ideal person to lead Eastern Michigan University forward. “John has an ideal combination of skills and experiences. He is a proven and effective administrator, fundraiser and friendraiser. Feedback from people who have worked for and with him, and from students, was that he is committed to the teaching and learning process, is trustworthy and open. Those were attributes the Board identified as being critical for the new president,” Brandon said.

"I am honored and excited to be recommended for the presidency at Eastern Michigan University,” Fallon said. “EMU is a very special place with a faculty and staff that is committed to providing an outstanding educational and co-curricular experience for students. I was impressed with the University’s commitment to public engagement. I believe the institution’s core values are consistent with mine and look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, alumni, the community and the Board of Regents to further enhance its value to the State.”

Fallon, president of the State University of New York (SUNY)-Potsdam since 1998, was described by Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, immediate past chair of the Faculty Senate at SUNY-Potsdam, as a consensus builder who considers all options and looks for unconventional solutions.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the recommendation,” said Dennis Beagen, chair of the Regents Advisory Committee (RAC). “The Board gave us a rather comprehensive list of skills and attributes against which we were asked to evaluate all candidates. Clearly in Dr. Fallon we found an individual who embodies those characteristics. I think he will be an energetic and visible leader for the University.” Beagen said that the nearly 100 applications the group initially received came from 38 states. The field included 26 sitting or former presidents, 34 present or past provosts and seven from non-academic fields.

Brandon praised the work of the RAC. “The members of the RAC devoted countless hours to reviewing applications, conducting reference checks and interviewing candidates. The pool that sent forward to the Board was outstanding. The entire University owes them thanks for their time, energy and commitment to the process.”

Fallon earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Michigan State University in 1973. He has a M.A. in Educational Administration from Northern Michigan and a B.S. in Education from Western Michigan University. Prior to his appointment as president of SUNY-Potsdam, he served as president of William Penn University from 1995 to 1998. He was the Vice President for Public Affairs at Saginaw Valley State University from 1989 to 1995. Fallon served in a number of administrative roles at Ball State University from 1982 to 1987.

Fallon is married to Sidney Lynn Miller Fallon, Ed.D. Sidney is an alumna of EMU, having earned her master’s degree here. They have four children: Brent, 34; Deborah, 28; John, 20; and Sean, 18.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

Note to Editors: More information about the presidential search and a complete curriculum vita are available at www.emich.edu/presidentialsearch. The EMU Board of Regents meets Tues., March 15 at 1:30 p.m. in room 201 Welch Hall.

There will be a press conference in Welch 205 immediately following the Board of Regents meeting. President-elect Fallon, Regent Jan Brandon and Dennis Beagen will be available for questions at that time.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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