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Nov. 10 , 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Young

EMU Vice President for Advancement Stuart Starner resigns

YPSILANTIStuart Starner, vice president for advancement at Eastern Michigan University and executive director for the EMU Foundation, announced his resignation today, effective Jan. 7, 2005. Starner, who joined Eastern Michigan in Aug. 2002, has accepted a position as director of major gifts at the 12th Man Foundation (athletic fundraising) at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas.

            “I’m looking forward to returning to Texas and the challenges at Texas A&M,” said Starner. “I am thankful, though, for the support, encouragement and friendships I’ve developed at Eastern Michigan during the past two years.”

            In accepting Starner’s resignation, Interim President Craig Willis said, “Stu Starner has been a valuable member of the University’s administrative team. He provided strong leadership for EMU’s advancement department and tremendously increased our fundraising efforts.”

            Willis said that he expects advancement and alumni activities to proceed as planned. “We have an outstanding and dedicated group of professionals in these areas and I’m confident they will keep us on track as we transition to new leadership,” said Willis.     

            Starner had directed fundraising and scholarship programs at three public universities prior to joining EMU. Starner served as executive director of the University of Houston Athletics Foundation; was director of major gifts for intercollegiate athletics at the Montana State University Foundation; and was associate director of development and planned giving at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He also has experience as an NCAA Division I head men’s basketball coach.

            Starner is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris. He and his wife, Barbara, have three grown children.


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