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First presidential candidate speaks Monday

April 1, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Dr. John Folkins, chief executive officer of the Bowling Green State University Research Institute and one of four finalists in the search for Western Michigan University's eighth president, is visiting Kalamazoo today through Tuesday and will make a public presentation from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom.

In addition to participating in a public forum, each candidate will meet with a number of campus organizations and leaders during their respective visits. Their schedules will include sessions with faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and administrators.

Dr. John Folkins, who took over as head of Bowling Green's Research Institute in January, previously served for seven years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at BGSU. He also is a tenured professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. Prior to moving to Bowling Green, Folkins held a variety of positions at the University of Iowa, beginning as assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology in 1977 and ending in 2000 as associate provost for undergraduate education, a position he held for three years.

He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in speech from the University of Redlands in 1970 and 1971, respectively, and a doctoral degree in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Washington in 1976. Folkins held predoctoral and postdoctoral research positions at Washington as well.

The four finalists for president, brief biographies for each and the dates, times and locations of their public forums are available in WMU News.

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

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