EMU Board of Regents responds to board member resignations
YPSILANTI —The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents today responded to the resignation of Board members Karen Quinlan Valvo, Jan Brandon and Sharon Rothwell.
“We would like to express our appreciation to Chairwoman Valvo, Regent Brandon and Regent Rothwell for their years of service to our students, faculty and the entire EMU community,” said Regent Joseph Antonini. “Given the tough economic environment in Michigan, we recognize that these are challenging and often contentious times for serving on a university board. While the timing of the resignations is not ideal, we certainly recognize their concerns over the time commitment required to serve as a Board member, and we respect their decisions to allow other dedicated individuals the opportunity to serve.
“In every way, we are poised to continue to make the right decisions necessary for extraordinary growth in the future of EMU. President Fallon shares this vision and has the strong executive leadership qualities, personal character and willingness to make important, and sometimes unpopular decisions in the best interest of the University.”
Regent Floyd Clack agreed.
“We appreciate Regents Valvo, Brandon and Rothwell’s great leadership at EMU, which has been instrumental in making the important strides the University has seen over the last few years," said Regent Clack. “We wish them great success in their future endeavors.
"However, we believe in our capacity as Regents, working with the University’s executive team, to continue to move EMU in the right direction. We look forward to the Governor’s appointment of new leadership. These new Board members will join us in working collaboratively with the President and the entire EMU community as a team, as we continuing to provide the affordable, quality education our students and families deserve.”
Regent Philip Incarnati also shared his comments.
“I was disappointed to learn that Regents Valvo, Rothwell and Brandon resigned from the Board, but I also respect their right to do so,” said Regent Incarnati. “I am committed to continue to work with the remaining Regents and our administration to move the University forward consistent with my constitutional and fiduciary responsibilities, as I have over these last 15 years.”
Regents Thomas Sidlik and Roy Wilbanks could not be reached for comment.
A copy of the above release is available as a PDF file here.
Read the resigning regents' letter to the EMU community here (PDF file).
Read the resigning regents' letter to Governor Granholm here (PDF file).
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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