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May 27 , 2008
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
ward.mullens@emich.edu 734.487.4400

Venner selected as dean of EMU College of Arts and Sciences

YPSILANTI — Thomas Venner has been selected as the dean of the Eastern Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences.

His appointment will become effective July 1, 2008, pending approval from the Board of Regents.

“Tom brings outstanding experience to this important academic leadership role and we believe he will provide a vision to advance the college,” said Don Loppnow, EMU’s provost and executive vice president.

Venner has served as the head of the art department at EMU since coming to EMU in 1998.

From 1987-1998, Venner was the head of the art department at Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan.  He also served as professor of art and chair of the visual and performing arts and education division while at Siena Heights College.

Venner, of Saline, received his master of fine arts degree from EMU in 1978. He received his bachelor’s degree from Alma College in 1973.

EMU’s College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the University’s five colleges. The college of arts and sciences has 17 departments and one program that offer 105 undergraduate majors and 72 master’s degree programs.


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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