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Trustee Melanie Foster

  • 426 Auditorium Rd., Room 450
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 353-4647 - Office
  • mfoster@msu.edu

Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004 and again in 2014, Melanie Foster has served as vice chair for six years and also has served on the MSU Foundation Board. In 1997, Foster was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University, serving until 2004. While at CMU, she chaired a national presidential search and a comprehensive presidential performance review. Appointed by Governor John Engler, Foster previously served on the MSU Board of Trustees from 1991 to ‘92.

Foster was raised in the landscape and nursery business in Flat Rock, Michigan. For 15 years she served as president and CEO of a commercial landscape company she built into a nationally acclaimed firm. Based in the Detroit area, the company also had offices in four states.

For 10 years, Foster also was president and CEO of a commercial landscape firm in Orlando, Florida, that specialized in theme park and entertainment-related landscaping. She currently manages a personal real estate portfolio.

Foster is a member of the Trinity Church of Lansing and serves on the board of the Capital Area United Way. She is a former member of the MSU Wharton Advisory Council, serving for six years, and the Michigan Dyslexia Association. Former directorships include Charter National Bank, Artrain, the State of Michigan Board of Landscape Architecture Registration, and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America.

Foster earned a BS degree from MSU in ornamental horticulture. She resides in East Lansing with her husband, John, and their three children.