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April 17 , 2008
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EMU Regents announce finalists for presidential search

YPSILANTI — Board of Regents Chairman Thomas Sidlik announced today the four finalists in the search for a new president of Eastern Michigan University.

“The quality of the pool of candidates is outstanding,” said Sidlik. “The dedication and hard work of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) are evidenced by the quality of our finalists.”

The four finalists are:


Kenneth Burnley

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Michael Flanagan

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Susan Martin

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Donald Shelton

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Kenneth Burnley, senior resident fellow and director of the Education Leadership Center of the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Burnley served as chief executive officer for Detroit Public Schools from 2000-2005 and was superintendent of schools for Colorado Springs School Districts from 1987-2000. He has a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Michigan.

Michael Flanagan, superintendent of public instruction for the state of Michigan since 2005. Flanagan has been an adjunct professor at Michigan State University and Wayne State University for the past 29 years. He was previously an education adviser to Governor Granholm and served as executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators from 2001-2005. He received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 1974.

Susan Martin, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs for the University of Michigan –Dearborn. Before joining U-M in 2006, Martin was the Executive Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Grand Valley State University. She served in several positions in her 17 years at GVSU. Martin received her Ph.D. in accounting from Michigan State University.

Donald E. Shelton, 22nd Circuit Court judge for Washtenaw County Trial Court. Shelton has spent the past 18 years as a circuit court judge. Before joining the bench in 1990, he was a partner at the law firm of Bishop and Shelton, P.C. for 12 years. Shelton has served as an adjunct faculty member at EMU, Oakland University, Washtenaw Community College and the University of Maryland. He received his master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from EMU in 2007. He has a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.

            “When we first began the presidential search, I was disappointed that there were not more faculty members on the committee, but I immediately saw how carefully the committee had been constructed to include representation from the many groups directly concerned with who would be Eastern Michigan's next president,” said Russell Larson, president of the faculty council.

Roy Wilbanks, co-chair of the PSAC and vice chair of the board of regents, said campus forums with specific groups are being scheduled for each of the finalists for the week of May 6-9. Times and locations will be announced via EMU Today and the EMU Web site. Forums will be conducted with faculty, senior administrators, students, the community and the unions.

“We started with more than 100 candidates, then narrowed that group from 12 to six, to our four finalists. The campus forums are the next step in a process we all believe to be very important in helping us determine who our next leader will be,” Jim Stapleton, co-chair of the PSAC, said.

Members of the search committee are James Stapleton (co-chair), Roy Wilbanks (co-chair), James Carroll (AAUP representative), Russell Larson (Faculty Council), Greg Jones (student representative), Eric Brown (alumni), Bert Greene (emeritus faculty), William P. Morris (EMU Foundation),  Robert Neely (academic affairs). Community representatives are Winnie Garrett, Glenda Price and Kirk Profit.

Helping with the process is the executive search firm, the Compass Group.


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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