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July 14, 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

EMU president receives alumni honor from State University of New York-Potsdam

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University President Dr. John A. Fallon has received an honorary lifetime alumni membership from the State University of New York Potsdam.

Fallon served as SUNY Potsdam’s 14th president from 1998-2005, when he became president of Eastern Michigan University.

“Since the first day of his presidency, he was a tireless advocate for SUNY Potsdam and its alumni,” said Sherry Paradis, director of alumni relations for SUNY Potsdam.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to remain connected to the Potsdam community,” said Fallon.

“John was a thoughtful and diplomatic leader, who effectively balanced the needs of the students with practical demands of the institution,” said Paradis. “He listened carefully and considerately to the insights of his staff. Under his guidance, continuous improvement became standard operational procedure and careful reflection and deliberate assessment were habitual.”

SUNY Potsdam, located in northern New York, was founded in 1816 and has about 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. It is one of 64 units of the State University of New York system and one of 13 SUNY Arts and Science Colleges.

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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