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Faculty and staff appointments approved by trustees

Dec. 16, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The appointments of three new departmental chairpersons and the promotions of staff members in the general counsel and student affairs areas were approved Dec. 13 by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees at its regular meeting.

The board signed off on the appointments of Dr. Paul Engelmann as professor and interim chairperson of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, effective Sept. 1; Dr. Moshen Guizani as professor and chairperson of the Department of Computer Science, effective Dec. 23; and William G. Rantz as associate professor and interim chairperson in the College of Aviation, effective Sept. 1.

Trustees also approved the appointments of Lynn Kelly-Albertson to a newly created position as executive director of professional and career development, effective July 31, and Carrick Craig to the post of associate general counsel, effective Dec. 13.

Paul Engelmann joined the faculty full time in 1987 after teaching part time for four years and serving as a teaching assistant for one year. A specialist in plastics engineering and injection molding, he revamped WMU's plastics technology courses and introduced new courses in plastics tooling and engineering composites. He also serves as principal investigator of an injection molding consortium. Engelmann earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from WMU. He replaces Dr. Michael Atkins, who recently was named dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Moshen Guizani comes to WMU from the University of West Florida, where he has served as chairperson of the Computer Science Department since 1999. Prior to that, he taught and directed graduate studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri's Columbia and Kansas City campuses. He also has been a faculty member at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia and at Syracuse University. Guizani earned a bachelor's degree, two master's degrees and a doctoral degree at Syracuse University. He replaces Dr. Donald Nelson, who has been serving as interim chairperson.

William G. Rantz, who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in behavioral analysis at WMU, has taught in the College of Aviation since 1993 and most recently was chief flight instructor and an assistant professor. His background also includes work as a charter pilot and manager of a private-sector flight school. His research includes analysis of computer-based tools for flight instruction as well as human factors issues in aviation. He earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from WMU. He replaces Robert Aardema, who is serving as interim dean of the college.

Lynn Kelly-Albertson has worked in WMU's student employment and career services area since 1985, beginning with a position as coordinator of professional practice services from 1985 to 1992. In 1992, she became acting associate director of Career Services and was named director of the Student Employment Referral Service in 1994. As that unit evolved into Career and Student Employment Services, Kelly-Albertson took on the role of oversight for the operation for all student career, employment and professional development operations. In her new position, she also will serve as head of the Division of Student Affairs' Critical Incident Response Team and that division's development of support mechanisms for staff members, graduate assistants and students. Kelly-Albertson earned bachelor's and master's degrees from WMU.

Carrick Craig joined WMU's Office of the General Counsel in 2000 as assistant general counsel. In that role, he has provided legal counsel and assistance to the University administration, faculty and staff in all areas of the law. Before coming to WMU, Craig was a shareholder and partner of Green, Green, Adams, Palmer & Craig, an Ann Arbor law firm specializing in academic, civil rights and employment matters. He also served as an associate attorney with three other east Michigan law firms and as a staff attorney with Citizens Insurance Company of America. Craig earned a bachelor's degree in English from Adrian College, a juris doctorate from Wayne State University Law School and a master of arts in English from Adrian College.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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