For Immediate Release:

May 10, 1999

Contact: Pat Mroczek

(734) 487-4400


YPSILANTI &emdash; Gov. John Engler appointed Donna R. Milhouse and reappointed Joseph E. Antonini to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents May 7.

"As an EMU graduate who has gone on to great success in her career, Donna is uniquely qualified to help make the decisions that will help guide the university and its students into the new millennium," Engler said. "Joe's leadership is a great asset for the board and made it an easy decision to offer him another term."

Milhouse, of Detroit, is the assistant general counsel for AAA Michigan. Previously, she was a shareholder for Hill Lewis, P.C., from 1991 to 1994, and an associate for the company from 1984 to 1991.

She earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1981 and a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University in 1984. She has served as a Wayne County defense mediator, a volunteer lawyer for the Domestic Assault Injunctions Project and a member of the faculty for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. She has conducted seminars on various employment law issues. Milhouse has served as vice chairperson of the Detroit Empowerment Zone Development Corp. since 1996 and is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association; the State Bar of Michigan; Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Inc.; the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan; the Detroit Bar Association and the Wolverine Bar Association.

Milhouse replaces Dr. Gayle Thomas of Dearborn on the Board of Regents. Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2006.

Antonini, of Bloomfield Hills, is the retired chairman and CEO of Kmart Corp. He served as chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Kmart Corp. from 1987 to 1995.

Between 1982 and 1986, Antonini held several positions for Kmart, including chief operating officer, executive vice president, president and chief executive officer of Kmart Apparel Corp., executive vice president for administration of Kmart Apparel Corp., director of sales promotions and director of store operations for the Eastern Region. Prior to that, he worked in various positions in management and sales between 1964 and 1979.

Antonini is credited with expanding Kmart into a global retailer and diversifying into other retail businesses. The company added $14 billion in sales and reached record sales of $38 billion during his tenure as chairman and CEO, setting company records for net profit of $941 million and market value of $13 billion.

Antonini is reappointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2006.