Michael Hawks, Vice Chair
Michael Hawks was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in February of 2011 for an eight-year term. He was reappointed for a second eight-year term expiring December 2026.
Hawks was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Ypsilanti Township. He graduated from Ypsilanti High School where he excelled in football and received a full athletic-scholarship from Eastern Michigan University. Hawks, a four-year letter winner, was a starter on defense for three seasons. While at EMU, he earned a bachelor's in business administration and subsequently earned a master's in higher education administration from Michigan State University.
After completing his higher education, he served as Chief of Staff for the Majority Floor Leader in the Michigan House of Representatives and served on the Staff of the Speaker of the House.
He currently serves as CEO of Governmental Consultant Services Inc. (GCSI) in Lansing, Michigan. GCSI is a bi-partisan multi-client Lobbying firm that is consistently recognized as Michigan's number one rated firm. GCSI’s diverse and prestigious portfolio includes many Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, trade associations, municipalities, non-profits, authorities as well as many other entities in multiple sectors. Hawks individually has been consistently voted amongst the top lobbyists in the state by independent political surveys of Capitol insiders in a career spanning over 30 years. Regent Hawks has also been involved with many charitable and community organizations over the years.
Regent Hawks is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Regents, serves as Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee, and is Chair of the Personnel and Compensation Committee. He previously served ten years as Chair of the Athletic Affairs Committee and Chair of the Eagle Administrative Services Board for eight years.
First appointed: February 2011
Current term expires: December 2026
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Ypsilanti, MI 48197