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April 26, 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

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Incarnati steps down as chair of EMU Board of Regents

YPSILANTI - Philip Incarnati, the longest serving chair of the EMU Board of Regents, announced today that he is resigning as chair effective immediately.

Philip Incarnati
Philip Incarnati

Karen Valvo
Karen Valvo

In a letter to Board members, Incarnati, who is Chairman and CEO of the McLaren Health Care Corporation, cited increased work responsibilities as his reason for resigning the chair. “The corporation I am privileged to lead has embarked on a very aggressive growth strategy, which will require additional attention and energy,” Incarnati said. “I truly have appreciated your collective support during my 10-plus years as your chair, but my other professional responsibilities must now take priority,” he said.

Stressing that he looks forward to continuing to serve as a Regent, Incarnati said that with the search for the new President completed the time was right for a change in Board leadership.

First appointed by then-Governor John Engler to the Board in 1992 to fill the remainder of a term expiring in 1994, Incarnati was reappointed by Engler to an eight-year term in 1995 and again in January 2003. He was first elected chair of the Board in 1995, and has been reelected each year since.

Incarnati said he intends to fulfill his term that expires in 2010, just not as the chair. “I love EMU. I earned both my bachelors and masters degrees at EMU. I believe I can continue to make a positive contribution as a board member,” he said.

The Board is expected to elect a new chair at its June 21, 2005 meeting. In the interim, Karen Valvo, vice chair, will serve as chair.

Valvo said Incarnati’s leadership has had a tremendous impact on the University. “I’ve personally learned a great deal from Phil. I know this must have been a very difficult decision for him since he cares deeply about EMU, but I also know that his professional commitments have increased tremendously these past few years,” she said.

Information about the EMU Board of Regents is here. The list of current regents is here.

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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