June 21, 2002
CONTACT: Nancy J. Mida



YPSILANTI - Six new trustees were elected to the Eastern Michigan University Foundation Board of Trustees, and several current trustees had their terms extended, at the Board's April 26 meeting. All serve as volunteers, with terms beginning July 1, 2002.

Kenneth Bruchanski, chief operating officer for CIT Systems Leasing, earned a BBA from EMU in 1975 and was inducted into the EMU Hall of Fame in 1990. He currently serves on the Youth Ministry Board of St. John Fisher Chapel University Parish of Auburn Hills, and as EMU's E-Club Athletic Letterwinners Alumni Chapter president.

George W. Hofman, president and chief executive officer of JAC Products, Inc., received a BS from EMU in 1975 and an MBA from Vanderbilt University in 1988. He is responsible for all JAC strategic and operational activities around the globe, and his professional affiliations include the General Managers Council of Manufacturers Alliance, the C.E.O. Exchange, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Robert H. Holman, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Discount Tire Company, based in Arizona, earned a BBA from EMU in 1974. He began working for Discount Tire while he was still a student at EMU, and eventually moved up to become the company's accountant and vice president before acquiring his current position. Holman was honored with EMU's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.

Hayes W. Jones, manager of Automation Alley Small Business Initiative, received a bachelor's degree from EMU in 1961. In 1964, he won a U.S. Olympic gold medal for the 110-meter hurdles in Japan, and a bronze medal in the same event at the 1960 Olympic games in Italy. Named to the EMU Alumni Education Hall of Fame in 2001, he has also been inducted into the Helms Athletic Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, the Michigan Hall of Fame, and the Pontiac Central Hall of Fame.

Kathy C. Merrill, a consultant with Deployment Management, holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from EMU in 1985. A former club president of Rotary International, she also contributes her time toward EMU's College of Business Development Board and College of Innovation Fund, as well as the Community Foundation of Greater Flint-Flushing Fund Board.

Victor Naidu, president and CEO of Ramsoft Systems Inc., holds an MS from EMU as well as an MBA in business strategy, an MA in international economics, and an LLB with a specialization in business and labor laws. He is a member of Leadership Detroit, president of the USA Consortium for Trade with India, and a board member of the Indian League of America, a political and social organization for Indian-Americans. He also manages Magna Systems International, Cyber Medical Systems, and several other subsidiaries.

Re-appointed were:

Mary Kauper, EMU class of 1986, associate vice president, Cranbrook Educational Community;

William Morris, EMU classes of 1964 and '68, president, Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation;

Harold Schimmelpfenneg, EMU class of 1968, retired, Ford Motor Company;

Lisa Webb Sharpe, EMU class of 1985, director of housing services, The Traverse Group;

Maureen Thomas, EMU class of 1981, vice president and associate general counsel, Pulte Homes, Inc.;

Paul Tucker, Jr., EMU class of 1975, principal/CEO/president, Tucker, Young, Jackson, Tull Inc.;

Philip A. Incarnati, EMU classes of 1976, '82, president/CEO of McLaren Health Care Corporation of Flint, and Jan A. Brandon, EMU class of 1986, were appointed to represent the EMU Board of Regents on the Foundation Board, effective April 26.

The EMU Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that increases private support and manages endowment assets for the benefit of Eastern Michigan University.