Oct. 2, 2000

Contact Ward Mullens



YPSILANTI - Dr. Samuel A. Kirkpatrick will be invested as the 19th president of Eastern Michigan University during inaugural ceremonies Friday, Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m., Pease Auditorium.

Kirkpatrick, 56, officially took office May 15, after being unanimously elected to the post by the EMU Board of Regents in March. Prior to his appointment as EMU president, he served as a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in Washington, D.C. and as president of the University of Texas at San Antonio (1990-99).

"This is truly a historic occasion for the Eastern Michigan University community," said Dr. Gary Evans, vice chair of the inaugural programming committee.

The inauguration will feature a keynote address by Dr. James B. Appleberry. Appleberry is president emeritus of the AASCU and the former president of Northern Michigan University (1981-93) and Pittsburgh State University in Kansas.

A campus-wide reception at McKenny Union will follow the official ceremony.

Kirkpatrick received a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University following a baccalaureate degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He directed the Bureau of Government Research and the Scholar Leadership Enrichment Program at the University of Oklahoma and chaired the department of political science at Texas A&M University. He also was the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professions through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and on-line courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan serving 24,000 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.

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