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June 16, 2004
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EMU regents approve eight administrative/professional appointments

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of eight new administrative/professionals and one administrative/professional transfer of a current employee at its regular meeting June 15. Of the eight new appointments, there are six females (75 percent) and two males (25 percent). The group includes seven Caucasians (88 percent) and one Asian (12 percent).

Those receiving appointments are:

Mary Brake of Farmington Hills, director, College of Technology doctoral program. Before coming to EMU, Brake was a physics teacher at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills from 2001-2004. Prior to that, she was an associate professor in the department of nuclear engineering and radiological science at the University of Michigan from 1990-2001. She earned her doctorate in mechanical engineering; her master’s degree in physics; and her bachelor’s degree in physics, all from Michigan State University.

Karen Busch of East Lansing, director, Faculty Development Center. Busch previously was university distinguished academic specialist at Michigan State University from 2001-2004. Busch had been at Michigan State University since 1991, where she also had been faculty development director, faculty development specialist and consortium coordinator. Busch earned her doctorate in educational administration from Michigan State University; her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Cornell University; and her bachelor’s degree in natural science education from the University of Minnesota.

Paul Chao of Cedar Falls, Iowa, marketing department head, College of Business. Chao previously served on the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa from 1989-2004

and, before that, at Oakland University from 1984-89. Chao will take the fall 2004 semester to fulfill his obligations as a Fulbright Scholar in China. He will return to the department in January 2005. Chao earned his Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Washington; his M.B.A. in marketing from Washington State University; and his master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He also earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration, chemistry and mathematics, all from the University of Canterbury.

Virginia Harder of Oneonta, New York, associate dean, College of Education. Before coming to EMU, Harder was at the State University of New York College at Oneonta since 1992. Harder, an associate professor in mathematics, was chair of the secondary education department from 1999-2003, where she managed nine secondary education programs with approximately 400 undergraduate students and two graduate programs. Harder earned her doctorate in instruction and curriculum; her master’s degree in mathematics education; and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics, all from the University of Florida.

Steve Hoskins ofLexington, South Carolina, assistant dean, graduate programs, College of Business. Hoskins previously served as the executive director the Graduate Career Management Office at the More School of Business at the University of South Carolina from 2000-2004. Prior to that, he was director of graduate admissions from 1997-2000 and the M.B.A. career counselor and internship coordinator from 1988-97, both at St. John Fisher College. Hoskins earned his master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Curry College in Milton. Mass.

David Mielke of Alto, Mich., dean, College of Business. Mielke previously was a professor of accounting (1999-2003) and former dean of the Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley State University. Prior to that, Mielke was director of the International Business Studies Program at Marquette University from 1991-99. He was a faculty member there from 1980-99 and served as interim dean of its College of Business Administration from 1994-95. Mielke earned his doctorate in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; his master’s degree in finance from the University of Chicago; and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc.

   • Sandi Nielsen of Canton, Mich., director, Center for the Development of Business Professionals, Continuing Education. Nielsen has been the owner of Nielsen &

Associates Consulting L.L.C. since 2001. Prior to that, she worked at Michcon Gas Company/DTE Energy from 1981-2001. Nielsen earned her B.B.A. in marketing from Davenport University and her associate’s degree in pre-pharmacy from Schoolcraft College.

Jeanne Thomas of Chico, Calif., dean, College of Health and Human Services. Prior to coming to EMU, Thomas was dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State University (CSU) Chico since 2000. Previously, Thomas was dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southwest Missouri State University from 1996-2000. Thomas earned her doctorate and master’s degree in life-span development psychology, from West Virginia University; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kenyon College.

Those receiving an administrative/professional transfer are:

Konnie Kustron of Milford, associate dean, College of Technology. Kustron has been at Eastern Michigan University since 1992, most recently serving as interim associate dean in the COT since Sept. 1, 2003. Kustron earned her juris doctorate from Detroit College of Law and her bachelor’s degree in pre-law from Michigan State University.


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