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April 23, 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Young

President Fallon outlines EMU's commitment to state in Senate testimony

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University is entering a period of exhilarating change unlike any in its 158-year history, President John A. Fallon told state legislators April 23.

Fallon’s comments came during a 40-minute presentation before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, which met at EMU’s Student Center. He testified at the half-day hearing along with presidents from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Lake Superior State University and Northern Michigan University.

“Eastern Michigan University has been serving Michigan longer than any public university except one. It has proved its durability and steadfast commitment, and is poised to achieve its full promise in the years ahead,” Fallon said.

“My leadership colleagues and I, many of whom have been here for only a brief period, remain determined – absolutely determined – to guide the university to its next level of performance and service. I can make a strong argument that the parallels between EMU – the population it serves, the struggles it faces and the aspirations it holds – very closely mirror those of the state as a whole. In fact, let me go on record as saying this: as goes EMU, so goes this state.”

Each year, the subcommittee invites each public university president to appear before it and provide campus updates. The testimony often highlights new programs and initiatives, the work the university performs to help the state’s economy, and its service to local and regional communities.

For the complete text of the president's testimony, visit this site.http://www.emich.edu/president/spch042307senatetestimony.html


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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