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June 17, 2008
CONTACT: Ron Podell
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EMU Regents approve five administrative professional appointments

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved five administrative appointments at its regular meeting June 17.

The administrative appointments are as follows:

Anne Balazs, of Starkville, Miss., was named department head of marketing, effective Aug. 1. Her position also includes tenure at the rank of professor. Previously, Balazs was a marketing professor at Mississippi University for Women from 2005-2008 and interim dean there from 2005-2007. Balazs received her doctorate in business administration from the University of Massachusetts; her master’s degree in economics from Boston University; and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Marianne Laporte, of Ann Arbor, was named department head of biology, effective May 1. Laporte came to EMU in August 2001 at the rank of assistant professor of biology. She was promoted to associate professor of biology and received tenure in August 2006. Laporte received her doctorate in botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; her master’s degree in biology from Indiana University; and her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan.

Tom Venner, of Saline, was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1. Previously, Venner served as the head of the art department at EMU since coming to EMU in 1998. From 1987-1998, he was the head of the art department at Siena Heights College (now University) in Adrian. Venner received his master of fine arts degree from EMU and his bachelor’s degree from Alma College.

Rosemary Weston-Gil, of Amherst, Mass, was named department head of foreign languages and bilingual studies, effective Aug. 1. Her position also includes tenure at the rank of associate professor. Before coming to EMU, Weston-Gil was chair of the department of modern languages and an associate professor of applied linguistics at Rhode Island College. She received her doctorate, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree, all from the University of Massachusetts.

Peter Wood, of Chicago, Ill., was named department head of sociology, anthropology and criminology, effective Aug. 1. His position also includes tenure at the rank of professor. Previously, Wood was interim department head of sociology, anthropology and social work at Mississippi State University from 2007-2008. He had been at Mississippi State University since 1996, where he was a professor of sociology, criminology and social work; director of the program in criminal justice and corrections since 1998; and an inaugural faculty member of the African-American Studies program there since 2007. Wood received both his doctorate and master’s degree in sociology from Vanderbilt University; and his bachelor’s degree in sociology/English from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.

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