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Sept. 21, 2007
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EMU regents grant honorary emeritus status to two former deans

YPSILANTI - Dr. Jerry Robbins, former dean of EMU’s College of Education, and Dr. Alvin E. Rudisill, the first dean of EMU’s College of Technology, were granted honorary emeritus status by the Board of Regents at its regular meeting Sept. 21.

According to University policy, retiring employees who have served the University for less than 15 years may be granted honorary emeritus status for meritorious service.

“Both Dr. Robbins and Dr. Rudisill provided outstanding leadership as college deans that resulted in extraordinary growth and development of their respective colleges,” said Don Loppnow, executive vice president of EMU. “During their tenure as deans, both Dr. Robbins and Dr. Rudisill served the University broadly and contributed significantly to the advancement of the institution.”

Rudisill served at EMU from 1980-1991 as the first dean of the College of Technology. Working with the faculty, he provided leadership in the design, development, and implementation of 18 new undergraduate and graduate programs in information and technology areas. He also was instrumental in the design and development of the corporate services division, the unit that evolved into the Center for Corporate Training.

Robbins served as the dean of the College of Education from 1991-2004. During his 14-year tenure, the college’s enrollment grew to an all-time high, and sponsored projects and fund-raising efforts grew significantly. Under Robbins, the college of education was successfully reaccredited by NCATE three times.


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