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Governor appoints two new trustees to WMU board

March 28, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm has announced the appointments of two new trustees who will succeed Western Michigan University trustees whose appointments will expire at the end of 2010.

John T. Cakmakci of Schoolcraft, Mich., will replace William Martin on the WMU Board of Trustees, and George A. Franklin of Kalamazoo will replace Kenneth Miller. Both men will serve eight-year terms that will expire at the end of 2018.

Cakmakci is executive vice president for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 951. He is a two-time WMU alumnus, having earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1982 and a master's degree in public administration in 1985.

Franklin is president of Franklin Public Affairs and previously served as vice president for public affairs at the Kellogg Co. Franklin earlier served for 12 years on the WMU Board when he was appointed in 1989 to fill an unexpired term. He then was reappointed to a full term and served until May 2001.

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

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