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April 11 , 2007
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Chrysler executive, Crain's Detroit Business publisher to speak at Eastern Michigan University's commencement ceremonies April 29

YPSILANTI — W. Frank Fountain, senior vice president, external affairs and public policy, DaimlerChrysler, and Mary Kramer, publisher, Crain’s Detroit Business,will be the guest speakers at commencement ceremonies for Eastern Michigan University Sunday, April 29 at the EMU Convocation Center.

Fountain will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony while Kramer will speak at the 2 p.m. event. Each will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.

Fountain was appointed senior vice president of external affairs and public policy for DaimlerChrysler Corp. in 1998. Prior to the merger, he was vice president of government relations for Chrysler Corporation from 1995.

Responsible for maintaining and coordinating DaimlerChrysler’s interface with state and local governments across the United States, Fountain directs a staff which analyzes issues that are important to the company and industry; develops company positions; and presents topics of concern to all levels of government. He is also responsible for coordinating strategy on issues of interest to other domestic auto manufacturers.

A member of the board of directors of numerous business and professional organizations, Fountain received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Hampton University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Kramer is the publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business, a business publication with a circulation of more than 35,000 and a readership of nearly 150,000. The Grand Rapids, Mich. native worked for daily newspapers for 16 years before joining Crain’s Detroit Business in 1989.

 In 1991, Kramer was named associate publisher, reporting directly to Crain Communications Chairman, Keith Crain. She was named vice president of Crain Communications Inc. in 1994, and was named publisher in 2005.

Serving on several boards in the education and philanthropic arenas, Kramer has received numerous awards and honors for her civic involvement. Included among her honors are the 2003 Corporate Citizenship Award from Wayne State University; the 2002 Distinguished Alumnae Award from Grand Valley State University; the 2002 Founders Award from the Women’s Economic Club; the Neal Shine Award for Media Commitment to Philanthropy from the Detroit Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals; and the 2001 Modeling the Way Award from Leadership Detroit.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and has a degree from the Northwestern University Newspaper Management Center.

Approximately 2,300 students are eligible to participate during the two ceremonies. Five doctorates will also be conferred.

Commencement ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology begin at 10 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Ceremonies for the College of Business, College of Education and College of Health and Human Services begin at 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.


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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