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May 11, 2008
CONTACT: Pam Young
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EMU Board of Regents to vote May 14 on University’s first female president

YPSILANTI —Thomas Sidlik, chair of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents, announced today that the Board will hold a special meeting to consider the appointment of Dr. Susan Martin as EMU’s first female president in its 159-year history. Dr. Martin is currently provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs for the University of Michigan-Dearborn.


Susan Martin
Photo courtesy: University of Michigan-Dearborn

The Board of Regents has scheduled the special meeting Wednesday, May 14, 9 a.m. in 201 Welch Hall, on EMU’s main campus. The meeting is open to the public. Dr. Martin would be the 22nd president of Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Martin has all of the qualities needed, such as scholarly achievement and practical experience, to help lead EMU forward, said Sidlik.

“The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) did an outstanding job in bringing to campus four excellent candidates for the public forums during this past week.  Co-chairs of the PSAC, Regent Jim Stapleton and Regent Roy Wilbanks, as well as the entire committee, should be very proud of their work,” Sidlik said. “After discussions on May 10, it was concluded that the Board should offer the position to Dr. Martin, and take formal action on May 14. We enthusiastically welcome Sue to the EMU family of scholars, staff, students and friends.

“The Board would also like to thank Don Loppnow, provost and executive vice president, for his tireless efforts in leading EMU during these past several months.”



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