EMU to name new president Friday

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Eastern Michigan University’s 23rd president is expected to be elected Friday at a special meeting of the Board of Regents, the university announced Thursday.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in 201 Welch Hall on EMU’s campus in Ypsilanti.

In an email to the campus community, interim President Don Loppnow invited students, staff and faculty to meet the new president.

“To further celebrate this historic occasion, a special reception will take place following the Board meeting. ... Those who attend will have the opportunity to greet and welcome our next president,” Loppnow said. “I hope you will join me at the special board meeting and at the reception that follows. It will be an exciting day for Eastern Michigan University.”

The new president’s appointment comes after the departure last summer of former President Susan Martin, who stepped down after seven years as EMU’s top official. It was the longest tenure for an EMU president since William Shelton, who led the university for 15 years until retiring in 2000.

KKozlowski@detroitnews.com