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Nov. 27, 2007
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Richard Baird to be EMU winter commencement speaker

YPSILANTI - Richard L. Baird,  global managing partner – people for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, will be the commencement speaker for Eastern Michigan University’s winter ceremony Dec. 16. Baird was approved by the EMU Board of Regents at its regular meeting Nov. 27.

In his current position, Baird is responsible for human resources (including international assignments) and learning and education for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) 150,000 partners and staff.  He previously had served as PwC Global Operations Leader – Assurance.

Baird left PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998 to become corporate vice president for LAI Worldwide and president of their subsidiary, LAIcompass.com, specializing in internet-based assessment and mid-level recruitment.  His company was sold to TMP Worldwide in late 1999 and their on-line assessment became part of the Internet service offering under Monster.com.  Baird rejoined PwC in 2000.

Baird’s relationship with EMU began in the 1970s when he joined the University as director of alumni relations.

Baird received his bachelor’s degree from Albion College in Michigan, where he has been a trustee for 10 years (the last five years also serving as board chair).  He is a life member of the Board of Trustees for United Methodist Homes and Services, an assisted living and eldercare facility in Chicago.

Baird has been recognized for various civic contributions and was named one of the Michigan Jaycees’ Five Outstanding Men of Michigan.  Along with civic leader Nathalie Edmunds, Baird co-founded the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival and was very active in a broad range of Ypsilanti community activities through the Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees and EMU.



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