CONTACT: Ward Mullens




YPSILANTI - Martha Wingard Tack, Eastern Michigan University professor of Educational Leadership, has been appointed Senior Executive for Presidential Initiatives at EMU.

"Dr. Tack brings to this position a unique combination of academic and administrative experience," said Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, EMU president. "Her expertise in educational leadership, policy and assessment are directly related to institutional needs, and to the success of this role."

As senior executive, Tack will provide administrative leadership for a variety of executive-level tasks. She will direct and coordinate the planning, research, development and implementation of University initiatives identified in institutional strategic plans, program reviews and by the President and Cabinet.

She will also maintain liaison and close working relationships with a wide variety of University departments and executives, and coordinate and assist Cabinet officers and other senior administrators to address institutional challenges and opportunities through team-based, cross-functional approaches.

"As I assessed the needs of the institution, it became clear that the President's office needed someone who could help us achieve some very aggressive goals. Over the next few months, the University must begin to address an important set of opportunities for change and also initiate two national searches to fill cabinet-level positions. This is in addition to the normal work load of the President's office. In Dr. Tack we have a person who can step in and make a positive impact immediately," Kirkpatrick said.

"I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve Eastern Michigan in this capacity. Having had 10 years of full-time faculty experience, I recognize the importance of faculty involvement in building a learning community. My experience and education have prepared me to work collaboratively with many areas of the University and to provide leadership for problem solving, program assessment and development, human relations and quality management ," Tack said. "Servant leadership, emphasizing empowerment rather than command and control, characterizes my approach to leadership while teamwork and collaboration are essential elements of my style."

Tack has held a variety of positions at Eastern Michigan including: interim associate vice president for academic affairs, associate dean of the College of Education, interim associate dean of the College of Education, and department head of Leadership and Counseling.

Prior to coming to EMU she held positions as director of the Interdisciplinary Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program, and Deputy Chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Supervision at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Tack received her B.S. from Troy State University in 1968, an M.A. in Business Education from the University of Alabama in 1970, and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration/Higher Education from the University of Alabama in 1973.

Tack is an active researcher and writer and has published three books and more than 17 journal articles. She has served as a Fellow of the American Council on Education and is a member of numerous national professional associations including the: American Association for Higher Education, International Society for Educational Planners, Kappa Delta Epsilon, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa.

Her appointment is effective Sept. 1, 2000