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May 5 , 2005
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Wood named assistant vice president for EMU human resources

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University interim President Craig Willis announced today that Donald Wood has been appointed assistant vice president for human resources. Wood, who joined EMU in 2002 as director of employee relations, most recently served as interim executive director for human relations.

“As we evaluated mission critical functions within human resources, it became clear that, by reassigning some job functions within the organization, we could continue to deliver essential services and eliminate one position. In these tough financial times, this is a win-win situation for the University,” Willis said.

In his new role, Wood will be responsible for all human resources functions.

As part of the redistribution of departmental functions, Craig Reidsma, director of compensation, will assume responsibility for the administration of human resources information systems. Reidsma’s new title will be director of compensation, employment and human resources information systems.

The executive director position, which has been filled by interim appointments since June 2003, will be eliminated.

Both appointments are effective immediately.

Prior to joining EMU, Wood served as the director of personnel for the city of Taylor from 1999-2002. Prior to that, he was a labor relations specialist for CSEA Inc. from 1989-99. Wood earned both his master’s degree in labor and industrial relations, and his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Michigan State University.

Reidsma came to EMU in 1986 as a compensation program associate. From 1988 to 1989 Reidsma was a benefits program associate. He became the director of compensation programs in 1990. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Institute of Technology and his master’s degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University.

Jeanette Hassan, who has been the director of benefits at EMU since 1986, will maintain her responsibilities in that position.

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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