Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Nancy Schlichting to MSU Board of Trustees

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Former CEO of Henry Ford Health Systems fills vacancy left by resignation of George Perles

Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Nancy Schlichting to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees to fill the position created by the resignation of George Perles.

“Michigan State University is a world-class institution that has struggled with a tragedy that never should have happened. With the right leadership taking the appropriate actions, the entire MSU community can come together to help survivors heal, ignite culture change, and help the university move forward stronger than ever before,” Snyder said. “I am confident that with Nancy’s experience and expertise, she is the right person to help shape MSU’s future because she can be a catalyst for change in culture to ensure students have the best possible learning environment at this outstanding university.”

The former CEO of the the Henry Ford Health System, Schlichting is an expert in quality management, having helped lead HFHS through a dramatic financial turnaround while continuing award-winning patient safety, customer service, and diversity initiatives.

She is the acclaimed author of the book “Unconventional Leadership,” which highlights her expertise in strategic leadership, cultural transformation, community engagement, innovation, and diversity.

“Nancy has a remarkable personal story that should be an inspiration to so many young people attending MSU,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. “She has been described as having the determination required to lead through adversity and not being afraid to forge her own path to achieve excellence for herself and those she has served. That’s exactly what MSU needs right now.”

Schlichting received her bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and her MBA from Cornell University. She also has received honorary doctoral degrees from Walsh College, Eastern Michigan University, and Central Michigan University.

She currently sits on the boards of The Kresge Foundation, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Duke University Board of Trustees, Duke University Health System, Ardent Health Services, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Schlichting will serve the remainder of an eight-year term ending Jan. 1, 2023. She would need to run for re-election on the 2022 ballot if she wished to continue serving. Her appointment is not subject to advice and consent of the Senate.

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