Aug. 10, 2001

CONTACT: Carol Anderson





YPSILANTI - Kathryn Vachon has been named executive director of the Eagle Crest Management Corporation at Eastern Michigan University. She will oversee management of all marketing and operational aspects of the Eagle Crest Management Corporation which includes Eastern Michigan University's Eagle Crest Conference Center and golf course. Her primary responsibility will be to increase the level of customer service to guests.

"Eagle Crest is southeast Michigan's premier conference resort. I'm looking forward to working with its great staff to ensure that our guests have the ultimate positive experience," said Vachon. She succeeds Roy Wilbanks, who retired recently.

"With her excellent leadership qualities and well-rounded experience in conference services and the hospitality industry, Vachon was clearly the best choice from among the candidates," said Carl Christoph, a member of the Eagle Crest Management Corporation Board of Directors.

Vachon has an extensive hotel management background, most recently as director of rental management with the Bay Harbor Properties in Michigan. She has also managed three properties in the Wyndham chain: New Orleans; Chicago; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Michigan State University at East Lansing; and has a master's of business administration from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, New Orleans.

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 professionals through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and online 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.