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Snyder appoints Eastern Michigan University board member

February 14, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
(517) 335-6397 

LANSING, MI- Governor Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Beth Fitzsimmons to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents.

"Beth Fitzsimmons is interested in seeing every Eastern Michigan University student succeed," Snyder said. "Her background and expertise in business consulting will be an asset to the university's efforts and work in ensuring a world-class, affordable education."

Fitzsimmons, of Ann Arbor, founded Information Strategists, LLC, which provides information services to high-tech businesses. She also serves on the Department of Commerce National Technical Information Services Advisory Board and on the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Visitors. She previously served five years as chair of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Fitzsimmons is president of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor.

Fitzsimmons earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Simmons College, a master's degree in library science from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University. She replaces former regent Mohamed Okdie, who had resigned last week, and will finish the remainder of Okdie's term, which expires Dec. 31, 2016. The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.