MARCH 21, 2000

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YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University President William E. Shelton and Dr. James P. Comer, of Yale University's Child Study Center, were approved by EMU's Board of Regents as the University's commencement speakers for the ceremonies April 30. The regents also approved honorary degrees for Shelton and Comer at its regular meeting March 21.

Shelton became Eastern Michigan's eighteenth president July 1, 1989. As a member of the NCAA Presidents Commission, he chaired the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct in Intercollegiate Athletics and was the 1995 president of the Mid-American Conference. He also has served on the National Education Commission on Time and Learning and was on the board of directors of Oakwood United Hospitals, Inc. He is a member of the United Way Leadership Steering Committee and has served as co-chair of the Washtenaw County March of Dimes "Golden Mile," and as general chairperson of the March of Dimes WalkAmerica. Shelton has extensive experience as a consultant in marketing for non-profit organizations and strategic planning.

Prior to EMU, Shelton was vice president for institutional advancement at Kent State University and an adjunct professor of marketing in the Colleges of Business Administration and Education.

He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees from Memphis State University; a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi; and has advanced study from North Carolina State University.

James P. Comer, M.D., is the Maurice Folk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Child Study Center. He currently serves at the John W. Porter Distinguished Professor for Urban Education at Eastern Michigan University for the 1999-2000 academic year.

Comer is the author of several books, including Beyond Black and White; Raising Black Children; Waiting for a Miracle: Why Schools Can't Solve Our Problems - and How We Can; and Child by Child: The Comer Process for Change in Education.

He has served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy; the Task Force on Early Adolescent Education, the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development and the Research on Successful Adolescence, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He also is the recipient of numerous awards including the Rockefeller Public Service Award; a special presidential commendation from the American Psychiatric Association; the Heinz Family Award; and the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education.

A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Comer earned his A.B. from Indiana University; a medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine; and a master's of public health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He completed his psychiatric training at the Yale University School of Medicine, the Yale Child Study Center and the Hillcrest Children's Center in Washington D.C.