July 6, 2001

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YPSILANT- Five new trustees were elected to the Eastern Michigan University Foundation Board of Trustees, and several current trustees had their terms extended, at the Board's May 12 meeting. All serve as volunteers, with terms beginning July 1, 2001.

Daniel C. Arbour, vice president of marketing and sales for ProQuest Co. (formerly Bell & Howell Information and Learning), earned an MBA from EMU in 1977. He has more than 20 years experience in the information technology industry related to library management and resource planning, serves as president of Friends of the Library, USA, and on EMU's Library Resource Development Board.

Mary Wiermanski Kauper, associate vice president at the Cranbrook Educational Community, holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University and a specialist's degree in educational leadership from EMU (1986). She is active in Leadership Oakland, and several community and professional organizations, and serves on the board of directors for Child and Family Services.

Lee H. Lien, vice president and investment manager with Citizens Bank, earned a master's in accounting and finance from EMU in 1980 and is a candidate for Chartered Financial Analyst, Level III. Prior to joining Citizens Bank, she served as director of business and finance at the EMU Foundation and as assistant to the vice president of business and finance at EMU. She also is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, National Honor Society of Business and Management.

Lisa Webb Sharpe, group executive-services group, Mayor's Office, city of Detroit, holds an MBA from Wayne State and earned a BBA in personnel and industrial relations from EMU in 1985. She is president of the board of commissioners, Detroit Housing Commission, and board member and family services committee chair for Habitat for Humanity Detroit. She also is active in several community and professional organizations.

Maureen E. Thomas, corporate counsel, Pulte Corporation, holds a J.D. from Detroit College of Law and a bachelor's in public law and government from EMU (1981) where she won a Campus Leader Award and was a four-year Michigan Competitive Scholarship recipient. She also is a licensed builder and volunteers extensively as legal counselor with several community nonprofits.

Re-appointed were:

John Burkhardt, director, The Kellogg Forum, School of Education, University of Michigan

Melonie Colaianne, EMU classes of 1983, '94, director, corporate affairs and vice president, Masco Foundation

Freman Hendrix, EMU class of 1982, chief operating officer, Strategic Staffing Solutions

Robert Johnston, past chair, Gerber Corporation

Marilyn Opdyke, EMU class of 1981, president, the Opdyke Group

Gregory Smith, EMU class of 1977, president, Ford Credit, North America

Larry Warren, EMU classes of 1970, '73, executive director, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

Robert A. DeMattia, chairman of the board, DeMattia Group of Plymouth, and Philip A. Incarnati, EMU classes of 1976, '82 and president/CEO of McLaren Health Care Corporation of Flint, will continue to represent the EMU Board of Regents on the Foundation Board.

The EMU Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that increases private support and manages endowment assets for the benefit of Eastern Michigan University.