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Snyder makes appointments to Civil Rights Commission

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Agustin Arbulu, of Birmingham, and Arthur Horwitz, of West Bloomfield, to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

The eight-member board investigates alleged discrimination against any person. No more than four members can be from the same political party.


"Agustin and Arthur bring diverse and outstanding experiences," said Snyder. "They are exceptional choices and I am confident they will do great work on the commission."


Arbulu is chief executive officer of Metro Home Health Care, a position he has held since 2009. He also practices business and tax law. Arbulu previously served as associate professor for Northwood University's DeVos Graduate School of Management and as chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Horizon Healthcare Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and master's degrees in international management and operations management from the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management and Lawrence Technological University, respectively. He also earned an executive doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University, a law degree from the University of Detroit and a master of law degree in taxation from New York University. Arbulu, a Republican, replaces Matt Wesaw.


Horwitz is founder and president of Renaissance Media, the parent company of the Detroit Jewish News, which he has published since 1986. He also is founder and president of The Detroit Jewish News Foundation Inc. Horwitz previously managed research, marketing and planning for the A.S. Abell Co. and worked as a reporter, columnist and bureau chief for the New Haven Register in Connecticut. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in public and private management from Yale University. Horwitz, an Independent, replaces Mark Bernstein.


Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2016, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.