June 13, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Snyder appoints House speaker's dad to WMU board

Lansing— Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday appointed the father of House Speaker Jase Bolger to the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.

James Bolger, of Whitehall in Muskegon County, is a former state police leader, a criminal justice instructor at Grand Valley State University and alumnus of WMU.

The Republican governor appointed Bolger to the remainder of an eight-year term that expires on Dec. 31, 2020.

“I am confident James will do good work for the university,” Snyder said Friday in a statement. “He has (had) a distinguished career with the Michigan State Police and will bring a unique and needed perspective to the board.”

Jase Bolger also attended WMU. The top House Republican leader from Marshall issued a statement Friday praising Snyder’s choice for the eight-member governing board of his alma mater.

“I look forward to my dad’s efforts to help WMU continue to excel and prepare their students for success while providing parents exceptional value for their investment,” Jase Bolger said in a statement.

James Bolger’s appointment to WMU’s board is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

Snyder made eight other appointments to state boards and commissions Friday:

■ Matthew E. McLogan of Grand Rapids and Barbara Arens of Bloomfield Hills were appointed to six-year terms on the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

■ Douglas Messing of Wixom was appointed to the Appellate Defender Commission for a term a four-year term expiring May 24, 2018.

■ Michael Swartz of Brighton and Matthew Howell of Franklin were reappointed to State Board of Accountancy to new four-year terms expiring June 30, 2018.

■ Peter Cracchiolo of Grosse Pointe Shores was reappointed to another three-year term on the the Early Stage Venture Investment Corporation Board.

■ Kelly Shipman of Mount Pleasant and Jeremiah Hernandez of East Lansing were appointed to the 15-member Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

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