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Library of Michigan trustees appointed by governor

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Michael Brogan and Lee VanOrsdel to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees.

The board makes recommendations to the Michigan Department of Education regarding library services, policies and procedures of the Library of Michigan. The boards goals include research services for all state government agencies; identifying and keeping accessible the published record of the state; and by providing statewide library services to support and enhance the essential services provided by libraries of all types for all Michigan residents.

"These individuals will work hard with the Department and the Library of Michigan to ensure that it meets its strategic goals of serving the people of Michigan," Snyder said.

Brogan, of Birmingham, is a novelist and writes about global business. He previously worked for Troost Campbell Ewald in Brussels, Wasey Campbell Ewald in London and Campbell Ewald Advertising in Michigan, where he served as creative director of the General Motors account. Brogan earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit. He will represent the general public and replaces Charles Myers.

VanOrsdel, of Grand Rapids, is the dean of university libraries at Grand Valley State University. She previously served as dean of libraries at Eastern Kentucky University and director of libraries at University of Montevallo in Alabama. VanOrsdel is a member of the Leadership West Michigan Class of 2006. She earned bachelor's degrees in history and French from Samford University in Alabama, a master's degree in history from Florida State University and a master's degree in library science from the University of Alabama. She will represent librarians from a college or university library and replaces Michael Smith.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Oct. 1, 2014, and are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.