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Trustee Melanie Foster, Vice Chairperson

  • 426 Auditorium Rd., Room 450
  • East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
  • (517) 353-4647
  • mfoster@msu.edu

Elected to the Board in 2004, Foster has served as vice chairperson for the past five years and has served on the MSU Foundation Board for the past four years. In 1997 she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University and served until 2004. While at CMU she chaired a national presidential search and a comprehensive presidential performance review. Appointed by Governor John Engler, Melanie Foster previously served on the MSU Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1992.

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 that she built into the nation’s largest female-owned and controlled landscape firm. Based in the Detroit area, the firm also had offices in four states.

Foster was also President and CEO of a commercial landscape firm in Orlando, Florida, for 10 years, 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 currently serves on the Capital Area United Way Board. She is a former member of the MSU Wharton Advisory Council, serving there 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 received a B.S. degree from MSU in Ornamental Horticulture. She resides in East Lansing with her husband John and three children.