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Gov. Snyder makes appointments to Mackinac Bridge Authority

Friday, June 13, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Matthew E. McLogan, of Grand Rapids, and Barbara Arens, of Bloomfield Hills, to the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

Established in 1950, the seven-member Mackinac Bridge Authority authorizes use of legal and financial services necessary to manage and finance bridge maintenance and repair projects.

“I am pleased to appoint Matt and Barbara to the Authority and I am confident they have the expertise and experience to oversee one of Michigan's most cherished landmarks,” Snyder said.

McLogan has been the vice president for university relations at Grand Valley State University for more than 27 years. He serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet and Budget Committee at GVSU and previously spent six years serving on the Michigan Public Service Commission. McLogan earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Western Michigan University. He will represent independents and replace Murray Wikol.

Arens has worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff Michigan, Inc. for 20 years, most recently serving as senior vice president. She is a professional traffic operations engineer with experience in traffic engineering, highway engineering, environmental studies and transportation and transit planning. She is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Epsilon Chi, and ITS America. Arens is also serving as a member and chair of the MSU Civil Engineering Alumni Advisory Board, the Transportation Research Board, and has served as chair of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Arens earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University. She will represent Republicans and replace Bob Struck.

Members serve six-year terms expiring June 30, 2020. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.