Sept. 15, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens



YPSILANTI - Don Loppnow, associate vice president for extended programs at Eastern Michigan University, has been appointed assistant to the president for strategic planning.

"There are many key questions that have to be answered as Eastern Michigan undertakes its strategic planning process," said President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick. "Effective strategic planning does not work through a cumbersome planning bureaucracy, a planning czar or top-down program mandates. It is best achieved through facilitation, coordination, guidance and thoughtful stimulation throughout the institution. We have positioned ourselves for such planning through organizational and portfolio adjustments and reassignments."

As the assistant to the president for strategic planning, Loppnow will facilitate the institutional strategic planning process and assist the president and others in establishing a strategic plan and institutional objectives; coordinating, integrating and developing models, trends, reports and forecasts of EMU's internal and external environments; and improving institutional awareness of strategic planning tools by serving as an internal consultant and identifying institutional strengths, values and challenges.

"Don Loppnow brings to this position many years of academic and administrative experience, coupled with a broad view and deep knowledge of public higher education and of EMU," Kirkpatrick said. "His service as a faculty member, department head, ACE Fellow and associate vice president prepares him well for this new leadership role. Equally important is his ability to see the big picture, to think strategically and creatively, and to work collaboratively. His ability to teach and learn is a model for us to emulate in our planning."

"I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of working with the campus community as we plan future directions and institutional priorities," said Loppnow, who has been at the University since 1974.

Loppnow will continue to serve in a modified role in academic affairs as associate vice president for extended programs.

Another portfolio adjustment will occur as Dr. David Clifford, associate professor of health administration, assumes a half-time position of executive director of extended programs. The position involves leadership and administration of the Centers for Corporate Training, Institute for Diversity and Business Services, National Institute for Consumer Education, Community College Relations, and the World College. In addition, he will continue in his current role as the director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities. Clifford will report to Loppnow.

Loppnow earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan in 1989. He has a master's in social work (1970) from Washington University in St. Louis. He was the recipient of an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship in 1990-91.

Loppnow is an active researcher and writer. He has authored or co-authored 52 grant proposals for funding from state, federal and private sources. To date, 35 of those grants, totaling more than $3.6 million, have been funded. His publication contributions include numerous chapters, as well as papers and professional publications.

Clifford earned a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan in 1976. He also was the recipient of a fellowship by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1970.

Clifford has held several positions at EMU including interim associate dean for the College of Health and Human Services, interim associate provost, associate dean for the graduate school and director of research development.

The appointments are effective Sept. 16, 2000.