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Snyder appoints six to university boards


Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, MI - Governor Rick Snyder today announced appointments to the governing boards of Western Michigan University, Ferris State University and Michigan Technological University.

"Each of these individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience that will serve these universities in preparing our young adults for bright and successful futures," Snyder said.

Dana Debel and Ken Miller will serve on the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.  Debel, of Ann Arbor, is the director of state and local government affairs for Delta Air Lines.  She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in environmental studies and received a master's degree from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University.  Miller, of Kalamazoo, is a principal at Havirco, an investment management firm.  Miller earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Western.

Paul Boyer and Gary Granger will serve on the Ferris State University Board of Trustees.  Boyer, of Grand Rapids, is vice chairman of the Meijer board of directors.  Boyer earned a bachelor's degree from Ferris and a master's degree from Western.  He is a distinguished alumnus and received an honorary doctorate from Ferris.  Granger, of Lansing, is CEO of family-owned Granger Construction Co.  He earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Owner/President Program.

Joining the Michigan Technological University Board of Control are Terry Woychowski and Julie Fream.  Woychowski, of Commerce Township, is vice president for Global Vehicle Program Management at General Motors and a member of Michigan Tech's Industrial Advisory Board.  He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech and a doctorate in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Fream, of Birmingham, is vice president of North America Customer Group, Global Strategy & Corporate Communications at Visteon.  Fream earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech and a MBA from Harvard.

Board members from all three schools are appointed to eight-year terms and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.