Jan. 15, 2002

CONTACT: Ward Mullens



YPSILANTI &endash; Philip Incarnati, president and chief executive officer of McLaren Health Care Corp. of Flint, was re-elected to a fourth term as chairman of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents at its regular meeting Jan. 15.

Incarnati, a resident of Fenton, has been an EMU regent since 1992 and chair of the Board of Regents since 1995. He earned a business administration degree in 1976 and a master's degree in 1982, both from EMU.

Dr. Rosalind E. Griffin, of Bloomfield Hills, was re-elected vice chair. She was appointed to the board in 1997. Griffin is a psychiatrist in private practice.

Dana Aymond of Jackson was re-elected secretary to the board and EMU Vice President of Business and Finance, Patrick J. Doyle of Hartland, was re-elected treasurer. The regents also reappointed Andrews, Hooper & Pavlik of Okemos as the University's internal auditor.

In other actions by the EMU Board of Regents:

The board authorized the amendment of the collective bargaining agreements related to health care between EMU and three bargaining units. Modifications to health care provisions of the existing collective bargaining agreements of the patrol officers, clericals and professional/ technicals were approved.

The proposed changes allow the University to better control the rising cost of providing health care to employees while offering a new health care plan that, in many respects, improves the benefit levels available to each employee.

The approved action is projected to limit the increase in health care costs to 7 percent for 2002, down from a projected 12.6 increase with no action. The cost avoidance will be partially offset by a one-time payment of $400 to employees of each bargaining unit.

The board reissued the charters of the Great Lakes Academy and the Academy for Business and Technology. The regents authorized the president of the University to execute a new contract for each school to expire June 30, 2007.

The Great Lakes Academy of Pontiac received its first charter in May 1997 and began as a K-3 elementary school in 1997-98. With the addition of third, fourth and fifth grades, the enrollment of the school has grown from 192 to its current 326.

The Academy for Business and Technology in Dearborn Heights was the third public school academy to receive a charter from Eastern, issued January 1997. The Academy began with 127 students in grades 7-10. Grades 6, 11 and 12 were added and the present enrollment is 347 students.

The board approved a revised University Mission Statement, Values and Guiding Principles statement.

The new University Mission Statement is: "Eastern Michigan University is committed to excellence in teaching, the extension of knowledge through basic and applied research, and creative and artistic expression. Building on a proud tradition of national leadership in the preparation of teachers, we maximize educational opportunities and personal and professional growth for students from diverse backgrounds through an array of baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. We provide a student-focused learning environment that enhances the lives of students and positively affects the lives of students and the community. We extend our committment beyond the campus boundaries to the wider community through service initiatives and partnerships of mutual interest addressing local, regional, national and international opportunities and challenges."

The University Mission Statement was last reviewed in 1990.