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April 01, 2008
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EMU Board of Regents grants emeritus status to three faculty, one staff member

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents granted emeritus status to a former staff member and three former faculty at its regular meeting April 1.

To be awarded emeritus status, faculty and staff must have served EMU for at least 15 years and be nominated for emeritus faculty status upon retirement.

Staff granted emeritus status are:

  • Kathleen Tinney, associate vice president, university relations department, retired in
  • November 2005 after 37 years of service. Tinney, of Ann Arbor, received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan.

    Faculty granted emeritus status are:

  • Raymond E. Hill, professor, department of management, retired in January 2008 after 19
  • years of service. Hill, of Ann Arbor, received his doctorate, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in management, all from Purdue University.

    Hill joined the College of Business in 1989 as head of the management department, at the rank of professor with tenure. He continued in this position until 1993, when he stepped down from administration to become a faculty member in the management department. He taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including one semester teaching in an MBA program in Thailand in fall 2001.

  • Marvin Johnson, professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance, retired in
  • August 2004 after 42 years of service. Johnson received his doctorate, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in education, all from the University of Michigan.

    Johnson, of Ypsilanti, is responsible for much of the growth of the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Club (NAIGC). During his tenure, he played a significant role in the

    growth of the School of Health Promotion and Human Performance, and was responsible for

    developing and teaching a varied number of courses.  He was the varsity gymnastics coach until 1986, when he became the gymnastics club adviser and co-coach until he retired. Johnson founded the Michigan Boys’ Gymnastics League, the American Boys’ Gymnastics League and the American Girls’ Gymnastics League. He currently devotes much of his time to the development of the NAIGC and gymnastics programs in schools.

  • Linda M. Shirato, associate professor, university library, retired in August 2006 after 17
  • years of service. Shirato received her master’s in English language and literature from Indiana University; a master’s in library science from the University of Michigan; and a bachelor’s degree in English from Earlham College.

    Shirato, of Ann Arbor, served at the department level as chair of the library’s personnel evaluation committee during 2004-05 and was the instruction team leader from 1998 until retirement. She was a member of the programming and promotions team, liaison task force member, reference work group, video/online tutorial task force and search committee for the first-year experience librarian position. At the university level, she served on the general education committee, general education writing intensive committee, Faculty Council during 2004-05 and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) elections committee during fall 2004. She also served on the editorial board of “Crosscurrents.” Shirato is a member of the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Michigan Library Association.


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