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Trustees approve four appointments

Feb. 23, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The appointment of a new academic technology director, an interim department chair and an interim admissions director as well as the previously announced naming of a head volleyball coach were among personnel items approved by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees at its Feb. 18 meeting.

Trustees approved the appointments of Dr. Craig A. Kaml as director of academic technology and instructional services, effective Jan. 3; Dr. William S. Kern as interim chair of the Department of Economics, effective Jan. 3; Pamela Liberacki as interim director of admissions and orientation, effective Dec. 20 through June 30; and Colleen Munson as head volleyball coach, effective Jan. 5.

Craig A. Kaml, who will serve in a campuswide capacity in his new position, first came to WMU in 2002 as director of the Department of Distance Education in the University's Extended University Programs division. He came to WMU from North Carolina, where he had been serving as assistant director for distance learning at East Carolina University since 2000. Previously, he was director of instructional technology for the Teacher Education Program at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina from 1996 to 2000, an instructional computer technology support specialist at Craven Community College in North Carolina from 1993 to 1996 and a Hawk missile systems repair/electronic technician in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993.

William S. Kern has been a faculty member since 1987. His areas of specialization include microeconomics, comparative economic systems, and environmental and natural resource economics. He also has written and made presentations on the impact of sports franchises and new stadiums on regional economics. Prior to coming to WMU, he taught at Franklin and Marshall College for five years and also held faculty positions at Colorado State and Emporia State universities. He earned a bachelor's degree from Florida International University in 1976, a master's degree from Louisiana Sate University in 1978 and a doctoral degree from Colorado State in 1982.

Pamela Liberacki, a WMU staff member since 1974, has most recently been serving as associate director of admissions and orientation. Before joining that office staff in 1987, she worked for 10 years as assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs. She also has worked in institutional research and for the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned a bachelor's degree from WMU in 1973.

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