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March 14, 2005
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Dr. John A. Fallon is appointed president of Eastern Michigan University

YPSILANTIDr. John A. Fallon, III was appointed president of Eastern Michigan University by a unanimous vote of the EMU Board of Regents at its regular meeting March 15.

John A. Fallon, III

John A. Fallon, III

Dr. Fallon's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
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Fallon, 58, will officially take office July 15, 2005.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as EMU’s next president. This is a very special place with a faculty and staff that is committed to providing an outstanding educational and co-curricular experience for students,” Fallon said. “The people that I’ve been fortunate to meet so far have really impressed me with their passion for Eastern. I am eager to begin working with students, faculty, staff, alumni, the community and the Board of Regents to further enhance EMU’s value throughout the State.”

Fallon, president of the State University of New York (SUNY)-Potsdam campus, will replace Dr. Craig Willis, who has served as interim president since Aug. 16, 2004.

Regent Jan Brandon, who along with Regent Steve Gordon, served as a co- coordinator of the search process called Fallon the ideal person to lead Eastern Michigan University. “As we evaluated the qualities we saw as essential in a president, John measured up perfectly,” she said.

Dennis Beagen, chair of the Regents Advisory Committee (RAC), agreed with Brandon. “Clearly in Dr. Fallon we found an individual who has a proven track record as a successful administrator, innovative thinker and a great friend and fundraiser. Faculty and students at his current institution praised him for his openness and his laser-focus regarding critical educational issues,” Beagen said.

During Fallon’s tenure as president of SUNY-Potsdam he guided the institution through a period of self-evaluation and entrepreneurial growth. The College enjoyed success in several areas, including:

* completing a five-year, $12 million “Campaign for Potsdam” capital campaign;

* setting records for annual fundraising and research and sponsored programs revenue;

* completing an institutional visioning process and an entrepreneurial fiscal management plan;

* enhancing the academic profile of incoming freshman, with the average SAT score rising to 1100 and the high school GPA increasing to 88;

* receiving its 10-year reaccredidation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; and,

* earning accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the School of Education and Professional Studies and by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for The Crane School of Music.

Fallon was selected from a field of nearly 100 applications that included 26 sitting or former presidents and 34 present or past provosts.

Brandon said the University was able to attract such a strong pool, in part, because of the efforts of Interim President Craig Willis in preparing the campus for new leadership. “The University is indebted to Dr. Willis for his tireless efforts to help heal the campus. He joined EMU with a charge from the Board to help us move forward and he has done that. He’s done a remarkable job in rekindling pride in the institution and restoring trust. That was very important to our candidates.”

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 serves on the Presidents Leadership Group of the Higher Education Center, a body of higher education presidents and chancellors who have declared their commitment to the prevention of student substance abuse. He also participates in several higher education organizations, including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Association for Higher Education.

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.

Details of Fallon’s contract are still being negotiated.

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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