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Sept. 20, 2005
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New president leads list of new EMU employees

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the appointments of nine new staff and two new tenure-track faculty at its regular meeting Sept. 20.

Staff receiving appointments are:

John Fallon, of Gwinn, Mich., University president. Prior to his appointment at Eastern Michigan University, Fallon was president of SUNY-Potsdam from 1999-2005. Before that, he was president of William Penn University from 1995-98. He also was vice president for public affairs at Saginaw Valley State University from 1989-95 and served in a number of administrative roles at Ball State University from 1982-87. Fallon received his doctorate in education administration from Michigan State University; his master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Michigan University; and his bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University.

Vernon Polite, of Columbia, Md., dean, College of Education. Previously, Polite was founding dean of the School of Education at Bowie State University from 2001-05. While at Bowie State, Polite established the Dr. Roland B. Smith, Jr. Lecture Series; wrote, designed and produced the Visiting Scholars Program for junior faculty; successfully coordinated the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation process and established seven professional development schools with a memoranda of understanding between Bowie State University and the Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

Christine Mikolajczak, of Ypsilanti, assistant director of advancement activities, alumni relations. Mikolajczak previously was a major gift officer administrative partner for Literature, Science and Arts Department at the University of Michigan from 2004-05. Before that,  she was an assistant development officer for the School of Business Administration at Oakland University. Mikolajczak received her  master’s degree in information systems and her bachelor’s degree in general studies, both from Oakland University.

Jennifer Teague, of Dexter, assistant softball coach, intercollegiate athletics. Before to coming to EMU, Teague was an assistant softball coach at the University of Michigan from 2004-05, the year the Wolverines captured the national softball title. Prior to that, she was head softball coach at Concordia College from 2001-04. In 2002,  the school made its first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Championships. Teague received her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Indiana Wesleyan.

Heather Tobin, of Battle Creek, clinical supervisor, speech and hearing, College of Education clinic. Prior to coming to EMU, Tobin was involved in a home and community-based traumatic brain program for pediatric and adult clientele at Present Harbor Rehabilitation in Grand Rapids from 2000-05. Tobin received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology and her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders, both from Central Michigan University.

Rene Crombez, of Saline, research associate I, Coatings Research Institute. Crombez most recently had been a research associate in EMU’s Department of Physics in 2005 and a lecturer in EMU’s Department of Physics from 2002-2003. Crombez received her bachelor’s degree in music from Eastern Michigan University.

Kathryn Huyghe, of Redford, site coordinator, ICARD. Prior to coming to EMU, Huyghe was a customer service representative II at Blue Care Network in Southfield during 2005. Huyghe received her master’s degree in education from Marygrove College and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Other staff receiving appointments are:

NoahMoran, of Ypsilanti, manager apartments facilities coordinator, housing support services.

Randall Cooper, of Ypsilanti,  customer service representative, continuing education regional programming.

New faculty tenure-track appointments are:

Pamela Lemerand, of Plymouth, assistant professor, School of Health Sciences. Before coming to EMU, Lemerand was director of student services in the Grosse Point Public School System from 1995-2005 and coordinator of a district-wide student assistance program and a psychologist at Livonia Public Schools from 1982-95. Lemerand received her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Michigan; her master’s degree in human development and family relations from Wayne State University; and her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Wayne State University.

Anahita Mistry, of Tallahassee, Fla., assistant professor, School of Health Sciences. Prior to coming to EMU, Mistry was an assistant professor in the department of nutrition, food and exercise science at Florida State University from 2001-05 and a research associate in the department of food science and human nutrition at Michigan State University from 1991-2001. Mistry received her doctorate in life sciences from the University of Hyderabad in Hyderabad, India; her master’s degrees in animal sciences from the University of Hyderabad and in physiology from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India; and her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, zoology and botany from Osmania University.

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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