James Webb, Chair
James Webb was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in December 2012 to replace the vacated seat of Thomas Sidlik. He is appointed for a term expiring December 2020.
Webb received an A.A. in Business Administration from College of the Sequoias in 1968, a B.B.A. in Management from Eastern Michigan University in 1971, and an M.B.A. in Finance from EMU in 1976.
Webb worked for the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company from 1971 to 1974 as a Property Underwriter, from 1974 to 1976 he worked as a Corporate Insurance Analyst for Masco Corporation, he was an Assistant Insurance Manager for The Budd Company, and from 1977 to 1981 he worked as an Assistant Risk Manager for Republic Steel Corp. Webb retired as Chairman of Aon Risk Services, Inc. of Michigan in 2017. He has been appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.
In addition to his work experience, Webb has been very active in the EMU community. In 1988 he received the Alumnus Achievement Award, and in 1989 he was Chair of the Campaign for Champions. He was an original member of the Foundation Board, served as treasurer from 1993 to 1995, vice chair from 1995 to 1997, chair from 1997 to 1999, and in 1999 he became an Emeritus member. He received the Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award in 1992, was a member of the President Search Committee in 2005, Ethos week Supporter from 2007 to 2012 as well as Ethos Week Speaker in 2007, and was on the College of Business Dean Search Committee in 2012. He received the 2017 outstanding alumni award from the accounting and finance alumni association.
Webb has also been involved in numerous Not-for-Profit activities. He was a member of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Farmington Hills Police Benevolent Association, Michigan Property & Casualty Guaranty Association, and was a Director of the Detroit Athletic Club. He was also active in Rainbow Connection (Brooks Patterson's Charity Grants Wishes for Terminally Ill Children) and the City of Cleveland/Operation Improvement Task Force. In addition to the Not-for-Profit activities, he is a member of the Boards of FDI Insurance Limited (Ireland) and FCE Reinsurance Limited (Ireland).
Chairman Webb is currently the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees representative, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, and a member of the Personnel and Compensation Committee.
First appointed: December 2012
Current term expires: December 2020
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