March 15, 2002
CONTACT: Ward Mullens


YPSILANTI – Four Eastern Michigan University faculty members were granted emeritus status by the Board of Regents at its regular meeting March 19.

Faculty granted emeritus status:

• Ronald W. Collins (posthumously), provost and vice president, Academic Affairs (1983-2001). He also was a professor in the chemistry department from 1965-2001. Collins served the University for 35 years, paving the way for vast improvements campus-wide. He was responsible for the visions that resulted in the University Honors Program and the World College. He established the Faculty Center for Instructional Excellence (FCIE), the Center for Instructional Computing (CIC) and the Center for Research Support (CRS). He created the department of African-American studies.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Dayton and his Ph.D. at Indiana University.

• Mary Clare Beck, professor, University Library, (1970-1998), retired August 31, 1998. Beck served the University for 28 years, serving on several committees along the way. She served as chair on the library’s collection and the library’s self-study
committee for the NCA accreditation report. She served as both the vice-chair and the chair of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters.
She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago and master’s degree from the University of Denver. She also had a master’s degree from EMU.

• James Sandall, emeritus professor, art department (1975-2001), retired August 31, 2001. Sandall was known for his popularity with his students during his 26 years of service to EMU. Sandall was recognized by the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) as a prize-winning photographer in 1975. Eventually, one of his photographs was accepted into the DIA’s permanent collection. Sandall earned his master’s degree from Arizona State University.

• Warren Williams, professor, teacher education (1969-1994), retired April 26, 1994. Williams served the University for 25 years, specializing in measurement and evaluation. He established the undergraduate course in educational technology that ultimately led to the development of a graduate degree program in educational technology.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at Hobart College and he earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.