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Governor Whitmer Appoints Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea to the Great Lakes Water Authority Board of Directors


August 28, 2019    


Governor Whitmer Appoints Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea to the Great Lakes Water Authority Board of Directors

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today appointed Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea to the Great Lakes Water Authority Board of Directors.

“The Great Lakes Water Authority continues to work tirelessly to ensure that southeast Michigan is receiving the most reliable water and wastewater services," said Whitmer. "Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea has wide-ranging expertise and is a well-known presence in her community. Her professional and personal achievements make her the most qualified choice to serve on the Great Lakes Water Authority.”

Beverly Walker-Griffea, Ph.D., of Flint, has over 30 years of experience in higher education and is the current president of Mott Community College. Active in the Flint community, she is a member of the Greater Flint Health Coalition Board of Directors, McLaren Health Care of Flint Board of Trustees, the Metro Community Development Board of Directors, Carriage Town Ministries Board of Directors, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ivy House, and is a member of the Flint Chapter of the NAACP. Dr. Walker-Griffea formerly served as a member of the Flint City Water Response Team.

Dr. Walker-Griffea earned her Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University in Broadcast Communications, Master of Education from Virginia State University, and Ph.D. in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University. She is appointed to succeed Craig A. Hupy, whose term has expired, to represent a resident of an area served by the Authority outside of the city of Detroit and the counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, for a term commencing September 2, 2019 and expiring December 12, 2022.

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) was formally approved on October 10, 2014. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the state of Michigan, city of Detroit, and the counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne, creating the regional water authority designed to leverage the assets of the Detroit-owned water and sewerage system. The Great Lakes Water Authority Board of Directors is a six-person board comprised of one member appointed from each county, two members appointed from the city of Detroit, and one member appointed by the Governor.

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.