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April 30, 2007
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Four EMU alumni inducted into College of Education Hall of Fame

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University honored four EMU graduates for their work in the field of education by inducting them into the College of Education (COE) Hall of Fame April 20.

"Annually, we look forward to celebrating the Hall of Fame inductions. It is the COE's opportunity to celebrate alumni who have distinguished themselves in the field of education, both locally and nationally," said Vernon Polite, dean of the College of Education. "Past inductees have included area superintendents, superintendents of instruction and National Teacher of the Year Award winners."

Those eligible for the Hall of Fame include alumni of the University who have distinguished themselves in the field of education or alumni of the College of Education who have distinguished themselves in education or other professions.

This year’s awardees are Shirley J. Bryant, Lathrup Village, Mich.; William J. Bushaw, Bloomington, Ind.; Marvin H. McKinney, Haslett, Mich., and, posthumously, JohnMahelm Berry Sill.

Bryant has dedicated much of her life to serving her community. She's been an active member of Leadership Detroit, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Youth Assistance, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Task Force on Race Relations and Ethnic Diversity, Orchards Children's Services and many other community groups. She's received numerous awards for her service, including Birmingham's "Woman of the Year" and the Women of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League. Bryant received her master's degree from Eastern Michigan University and her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.

She worked for Birmingham Public Schools as a community education specialist, coordinator of community education and executive director of community relations until her retirement in 2005.

Bushaw is a former middle-school teacher and high school principal. For several years, he directed the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) program in Michigan. Following that, he served as chief academic officer and deputy superintendent at the Michigan Department of Education and as a director at Merit Network, Inc. Bushaw also served in the U.S. Navy, both on active duty and in the reserve, retiring in October 2000. Bushaw received his doctorate and bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, and his master's degree from Eastern Michigan University.

McKinney has worked as an educational consultant for institutions such as the Michigan Department of Education, the Kellogg Foundation and the Family Research Initiative at Michigan State University. In addition, he has served as the director of early childhood education for Ann Arbor Public Schools, the state coordinator of early childhood education for the Michigan Department of Education and the program director of youth and education for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. McKinney received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and his bachelor's, master's and educational specialist degrees from Eastern Michigan University.

Sill graduated from EMU in 1854, when it was known as Michigan State Normal School. He remained here as a professor of English language and literature until 1864. In addition, Sill served as superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, principal of the Detroit Female Seminary, principal of Michigan State Normal School, president of the Michigan State Teachers' Association and a regent at the University of Michigan. He received the honorary degree of master of arts from the University of Michigan in 1870 and the degree of master of pedagogics from Michigan State Normal College in 1892. Sill died in Detroit in 1901.

EMU College of Education 2007 Hall of Fame inductees are, from left, William Bushaw, a former middle-school teacher and high school principal from Bloomington, Ind., Shirley Bryant of Lathrup Village, Mich., retired executive director of community relations for Birmingham Public Schools, and Marvin McKinney of Haslett, Mich., and educational consultant and former state coordinator of early childhood education for the Michigan Department of Education. The late John Sill (not shown), EMU professor of English language and literature, was honored posthumously.

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