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July 18 , 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

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Dr. John A. Fallon III takes office as the 21st president of Eastern Michigan University

YPSILANTI - A new era of leadership begins today at Eastern Michigan University as Dr. John A. Fallon III officially begins his first day as president.  He was appointed to the position by the Board of Regents March 15, 2005.

Fallon, 58, plans to spend his first day on the job touring the campus, visiting with students and faculty and contacting EMU constituents.

“This is a very special place with a faculty and staff that is committed to providing an outstanding educational and co-curricular experience for students,” Fallon said. “I am eager to begin working with students, faculty, staff, alumni, the community and the Board of Regents to further enhance EMU’s value throughout the State.”

Key tasks Fallon will handle include advancing the University’s position in Lansing, finding leaders for several high level administrative posts, balancing a budget that has been hit with three straight years of cuts by the state, and ensuring high quality educational experiences for all students.

Prior to being named president at EMU, Fallon served as president of State University of New York (SUNY)-Potsdam since 1998.  Previously, he served as president of William Penn University from 1995-98. He was vice president for public affairs at Saginaw Valley State University from 1989-95. Fallon served in a number of administrative roles at Ball State University from 1982-87.

Fallon earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from Michigan State University in 1973. He has a M.A. in educational administration from Northern Michigan University and a B.S. in education from Western Michigan University.

Fallon is married to Sidney Lynn Miller Fallon, Ed.D. Sidney is an  alumna of EMU, having earned her master’s degree here. They have  four children: Brent, 34; Deborah, 28; John, 20; and Sean, 18.

            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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