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Snyder appoints member to Employment Relations Commission

Monday, June 20, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Edward D. Callaghan to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

The commission is responsible for resolving labor disputes involving public and private sector employees.

"Dr. Callaghan has 40 years of experience negotiating labor contracts in the public sector and his expertise will be beneficial in encouraging a spirit of fairness and cooperation between labor and management," Snyder said.

Callaghan, of Royal Oak, has been a full-time business faculty member at Oakland Community College since 2005. He previously served as president of OCC's Orchard Ridge Campus and as vice chancellor for human services and college communications. In his professional career, Callaghan has also worked for Dearborn Public Schools, Henry Ford Community College and Wayne County Community College. Callaghan serves on the boards of Henry Ford Health System and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit, a master's degree in business administration from Wayne State University and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. Callaghan replaces Eugene Lumberg.

Callaghan is named chair, assuming those responsibilities from Christine Anne Deradian. He will serve a three-year term expiring June 30, 2014, and is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.