April 17, 2000

CONTACT: Ward Mullens




YPSILANTI - Jan A. Brandon of Ann Arbor was recently appointed to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents by Gov. John Engler.

Brandon replaces Carl Pursell, for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2000. The appointment brings the total number of board members to seven. There is still one vacancy. Donna Millhouse recently stepped down as regent to become a judge. Her seat has yet to be filled.

"I am proud to serve my alma mater as a member of the Board of Regents," said Brandon, a 1986 graduate of EMU. "Eastern Michigan University provided me with an outstanding education. As for what lies ahead, my first priorities will be to listen and to learn, so I may best serve the students and the university community."

Brandon earned her business degree, with a concentration in marketing, from EMU, and was once named Outstanding Marketing Student of the Year.

"Jan is an exceptional person with a strong record of civic and community involvement," Engler said in a prepared statement. "Her success as a mother, as a volunteer, and as a woman in business reflects her ability and leadership. In addition, her prior experience on numerous educational boards is great preparation for serving as a regent of EMU."

Gov. Engler was looking for a candidate with leadership qualities, who had previously served on an advisory board, and who was familiar with EMU, said Susan Shafer, Gov. Engler's deputy press secretary.

"She brings a lot to the table," Shafer said of Brandon. "Her EMU experience speaks highly of her. Gov. Engler was looking for someone who knows the EMU experience and what issues are affecting the campus."

Brandon previously was manager of marketing, research and development for Valassis Communications. She also has devoted much of her time and energy to a number of organizations, including: the Detroit Public Television Board of Directors, the Purple Rose Theater Advisory Board, Schoolcraft College Foundation Board of Directors, and the board of trustees for both America's Thanksgiving Parade and Cleary College.

In addition, Brandon has contributed her time to Angela Hospice, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Advisory Board, Plymouth Christian Academy, and the boards of the UMRC Heritage Foundation as well as the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County.

Brandon's first board meeting is June 20.