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June 9 , 2005
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Willis names Sturgis Hill interim director for Office of Diversity

YPSILANTI - Interim President Craig Willis announced today that he has named Judy Sturgis Hill, associate director for diversity programs McKenny Union/Campus Life, interim director of the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action. She replaces Whitney Harris who resigned to take a position with the University of Minnesota system.           

In making the announcement, Willis said, “Dr. Harris has provided exceptional leadership in his role as director of diversity and he has significantly advanced the role of the office within the University. We are grateful for his many contributions to EMU and wish him the very best as he pursues new opportunities in Minnesota. Fortunately, we have an outstanding administrator in Judy Sturgis Hill who has agreed to provide interim leadership as we conduct a national search for the position.”

            Sturgis Hill came to EMU as a student in 1969. In 1971, she joined the EMU Forensics team and, in 1972, she won the national championship in the After Dinner Speaking category, the first EMU student to do so. Sturgis Hill earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from EMU in 1973 and her master’s in communication in 1990. From 1983-89, Sturgis Hill served as coordinator of project awareness at the University of Michigan. She was selected as a King/Chavez/Parks fellow at EMU in 1989, was a lecturer from 1990-92, and, in 1992, was hired on the tenure-track faculty in the Communication and Theatre department.

            During her tenure at EMU, Sturgis Hill has taught in the CTA department, coached the EMU Forensics team, was selected as the first faculty-in-residence and, for 10 years, served as co-director of the Summer Institute for the Arts and Sciences. Most recently, Sturgis Hill served as the associate director for diversity programs McKenny Union/Campus Life.

            “It’s an honor to be asked to step in to fill this very important role at the University. I’ll be spending the next few weeks working closely with Whitney and picking his brain. As I told the president, I’m committed to doing the best job I can,” Sturgis Hill said.

Her appointment is effective July 1, 2005.

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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