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Governor makes appointment, reappointments to State Historical Records Advisory Board

Thursday, January 24, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Nicole Garrett, of Mason, and the reappointments of Frank Boles, of Mount Pleasant, and Patrice Merritt, of Detroit, to the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the seven-member board serves as a central advisory body for historical records planning and National Historical Publications and Records Commission-funded projects in the state.


"These appointees are outstanding professionals and great choices for this board," said Snyder. "I am thankful for their willingness to serve."     


Garrett is the Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial archivist and special collections librarian at Albion College, a position she has held since 2010. She previously served as a project archivist and intern at the Archives of Michigan. Garrett is a member of the Michigan Archival Association board. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Michigan State University, a master's degree in library and information science and a certificate in archival administration, both from Wayne State University. She replaces Francis Blouin Jr.


Boles is director of Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical Library, a position he has held for more than 20 years. He previously worked at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library and the Chicago Historical Society. Boles earned bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Michigan.


Merritt is executive director of The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation, a position she has held since 2001. She previously held various leadership positions with Wayne State University, including library and information science adjunct professor, research and technology park development project coordinator, archivist and assistant dean for external affairs. Merritt received an associate degree from Worcester Junior College, a bachelor's degree in history from Clark University and a master's degree in library science from Simmons College, all in Massachusetts.


With the exception of Boles, appointees will serve four-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2016. Boles will serve the remainder of a four-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2015. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.