EMU names Freman Hendrix to chief government relations post
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has named Freman Hendrix (‘82) as its chief government relations officer pending approval by the Board of Regents.
The position, which will report directly to the president, will be responsible for focusing on strengthening relationships with legislators in Lansing and congressmen in Washington D.C. His Lansing efforts will be focused on the annual appropriations and capital outlay process. In Washington, his efforts on behalf of EMU will focus on the federal earmarking process and other special projects.
“I have every confidence that Freman will make a great difference for EMU in Lansing and in Washington, D.C.,” said John A. Fallon, president of EMU. “He is an EMU alumnus and he has a great love for and commitment to this institution. Freman will raise EMU’s profile in Lansing and Washington to a level we have not seen before.”
“As an alumnus and a person committed to the University, I see this as an opportunity to get more involved at the policy-setting and strategic planning levels,” said Hendrix. “At this point in my career, nothing is more important to me than helping move my University forward.”
Hendrix, 55, has served in many roles in the public and private sector. He was the assistant Wayne County executive, legislative affairs; chairman, Detroit Public Schools Board of Education; deputy mayor, city of Detroit; and, most recently president, Advanced Security and Investigative Solutions, Inc.
His numerous awards and honors include: a presidential appointment by former president Bill Clinton to the Commission on National Merit Scholars; “Man of the Year” by the Minority Women’s Network; the G. Mennen Williams Leadership Award; and the Metropolitan Detroit Leadership for the 21st Century Architects Award.
Hendrix has remained very involved with EMU. He is an active member of EMU’s Black - MORE- Alumni Chapter and was the chairman of the Friends Committee of EMU’s first comprehensive capital campaign. He also helped secure a major gift for the restoration of Pease Auditorium, the campus home of the EMU Symphony.
“In addition to his professional contributions, Freman’s long history of community and civic service, and his numerous awards and recognitions make him an extremely strong addition to the EMU community,” said Fallon.
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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