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Trustees OK six retirements

Dec. 17, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The retirements of three faculty members and three staff members were included in the personnel report presented to the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees at its Dec. 12 meeting. The report also noted a change in one other faculty member's retirement date.

All of the faculty members listed as retiring will do so with emeritus status. Their names, positions, years of continuous service and effective dates of retirement are: Dr. Elen M.C. Cutrim, professor of geography, 19 years, effective Aug. 9, 2009; Gerard T. Nowak, associate professor in the University Counseling and Testing Center, 39-1/2 years, effective April 30, 2009; and Dr. Cindee Quake-Rapp, chair and professor of occupational therapy, 28-1/2 years, effective Dec. 31, 2008.

In addition, the previously announced retirement date for Dr. Gary L. Wegenke, dean of the College of Education and professor of educational leadership, research and technology, was changed. Wegenke will retire with emeritus status Sept. 30, 2009, after six-1/2 years of service.

The staff members retiring are: Victoria Beyene, equipment operator I in physical plant-landscape services, 30-1/2 years, effective Dec. 31, 2008; Jane Ferguson, office associate in the School of Social Work, 32-1/2 years, effective March 31, 2009; and Darwin Martin, painter in physical plant-maintenance services, 41-1/2 years, effective Jan. 31, 2009.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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