May 14, 2003
Contact: Ward Mullens

EMU’s Diles named campus United Way campaign chair

YPSILANTI – Dave Diles, director of intercollegiate athletics at Eastern Michigan University, will lead the University’s 2003 United Way campaign. Diles was selected by Samuel Kirkpatrick, president, to succeed Earl Potter, dean of the College of Business.

“For the past two years under Earl’s leadership, the University has shown a positive growth in not only the amount of dollars contributed but also in the percentage of faculty and staff participating in the campaign. I’m positive that Dave will provide the leadership and enthusiasm to keep this momentum going,” Kirkpatrick said.

Within the next several weeks, a campus-wide steering committee will be assembled to help Diles identify and implement campaign strategies, Kirkpatrick said.

“The United Way makes an immeasurable difference in our community. I am proud to be asked to lead EMU’s efforts,” Diles said.

The Washtenaw United Way raised more than $8,353,000 during the 2002 campaign. The 2003 campaign kicks off Sept. 9, 2003 with the annual Day of Caring. Cathy Lower, director of University licensing, and Cynthia Ellis, assistant director of special events, will serve as EMU co-chairs for that event.