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July 21, 2005
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EMU graduate Lisa Webb Sharpe appointed director of state's management, budget office

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University alumna Lisa Webb Sharpe, 41, has been appointed director of Michigan's Department of Management and Budget (DMB) by Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm. Webb Sharpe, who is currently the cabinet secretary and public policy director in the Governor's office, will begin her new duties Aug. 1.

She received a bachelor of business administration degree in personnel and industrial relations from Eastern Michigan University in 1985, and a master of business administration degree in international business from Wayne State University.

Webb Sharpe, a resident of Okemos, will be the first African American to serve as DMB director.

"Lisa Webb Sharpe has been instrumental in the work that the Department of Management and Budget has already done to streamline state government, save taxpayer dollars and increase efficiency," said Granholm in a prepared statement. "She is a great leader who is committed to excellence and integrity, and I know she will build on DMB's mission of great service for citizens and state departments."

During her tenure as cabinet secretary, Webb Sharpe developed and implemented the Cabinet Action Plan, which was a factor in Michigan being named one of the best-managed states in the nation by Governing magazine.

Prior to joining the Granholm administration, Webb Sharpe worked at The Traverse Group in Ann Arbor as director of housing services and spent eight years in Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer's administration.

She replaces outgoing DMB director Mitch Irwin who was recently named director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

The appointment is subject to consent by the Michigan State Senate.

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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