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April 22, 2005
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EMU alumnus first Washtenaw County official to receive Taubman Fellowship

YPSILANTI - Washtenaw County Commissioner and Eastern Michigan University alumnus Robert Brackenbury is the first Washtenaw County official to be named a Taubman Fellow by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

An assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, Brackenbury received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from EMU (‘92, ‘93).

He is one of two Taubman Fellows from southeastern Michigan who will attend a program for senior executives at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government this summer.

“Certainly this opportunity will allow me to build upon my educational and work experiences gained during my time at Eastern,” said Brackenbury, who was assistant to EMU’s vice president for business and finance from 1992-2002. In 2002, he was appointed a judge on the Michigan Tax Tribunal in Lansing.

 “I will be able to sharpen my critical thinking and problem-solving skills in this really intense three-week course that should be great for my career development,” said Brackenbury, a Pittsfield Township resident.

Since its inception 14 years ago, the Taubman Fellowship has provided local public officials, who have demonstrated leadership, an opportunity to improve their management skills and broaden their awareness of effective approaches to public sector problems.

Brackenbury has been a Washtenaw County commissioner representing Pittsfield Township since 2003.

Philip Cavanagh, Wayne County Commissioner, is the second Taubman Fellow scheduled to attend the Harvard program.

            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.

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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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