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Snyder makes appointment to Michigan Historical Commission

Monday, July 14, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Susan Safford, of Mackinaw City, to the Michigan Historical Commission.

The Michigan Historical Commission, established in 1913, advises the Department of Natural Resources on history programs and approves Michigan Historical Markers.  The nine-member commission includes appointees of the Governor, the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader.

“Susan has years of experience and her historical expertise will be a valuable asset to the commission,” Snyder said.

Safford is the president of the Mackinaw Area Historical Society and is a lighthouse keeper in the Straits of Mackinac. She served in the Peace Corps, as a partner in the Godchaux Safford Group, chief of staff for state Rep. Pan Godchaux, and director of religious education for Birmingham Unitarian Church. Safford earned a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from Michigan State University. She will represent the general public and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Margaret Cunningham.

Safford will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring May 21, 2016. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.