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Dec. 22 , 2004
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU President announces two appointments; reassignment

YPSILANTIEastern Michigan University President Craig Willis announced today that John Beaghan has been named vice president for business and finance. Since January 2004, Beaghan has served as the treasurer of the Board of Regents while serving as interim vice president of business and finance.

In a related announcement, Daniel Cooper was named assistant vice president and controller.

            In an additional move, Willis reassigned Whitney Harris, director of diversity, to report directly to the office of the president.

            “John has demonstrated exceptional competence in dealing with complex issues during his interim appointment. The Board and I agree that EMU is fortunate to have someone of his proven abilities leading the business and finance activities of the University,” Willis said. “I have been equally pleased and impressed with Whitney’s work and think it important that his office report directly to the president.”

            “I’m honored by the trust the Board and President have placed in my leadership. I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of serving Eastern in this capacity,” said Beaghan.

            “This move illustrates the importance that the President and the University gives to EMU’s commitment to becoming a model of diversity,” said Harris.

            Beaghan joined EMU in 1991 as assistant controller. He was named controller in 1998. In 2002, he was promoted to assistant vice president and controller. In 2004 he was appointed treasurer to the Board of Regents.

            Beaghan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1983, his MBA from EMU in 1988 and is a certified management accountant.

            Cooper, interim assistant vice president and controller since August 2003, has been at EMU since 1990. He earned his MBA from the University of Montana in 1974 and is a certified management accountant.

            Harris has been at EMU since 2001. Prior to EMU, he was the executive director of the office of human relations and social equity at McNeese State University. Harris has a master’s degree from Louisiana State University and a doctorate from The Union Institute.

The appointments and reassignment are effective Jan. 1, 2005.

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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