Ferguson and Foster to lead MSU Board of Trustees

Contact: Terry Denbow, University Relations, (517) 355-2262, denbow@msu.edu

Jan 18, 2007

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Michigan State University Board of Trustees today elected Joel Ferguson of Lansing to a two-year term as board chairperson.

Ferguson, who was first elected to the board in 1986 and previously served as chairperson in 1992, was elected by a unanimous vote.

The board also elected Melanie Reinhold Foster, of East Lansing, to a two-year term as vice chairperson.

Ferguson said it was a privilege to again serve as chairperson of the board.

“Although board members are elected in a partisan manner, I will work for what I call ‘Spartisanship, not partisanship,’” Ferguson said. “Over the next two years we as a university face many challenges and opportunities and the only way we can be up for the challenge is to work together.”

Ferguson was initially elected in 1986 to an eight-year term on the board and was elected again to serve eight-year terms in 1996 and 2004. He co-founded F&S Development Co.; co-founded and served as president and owner of WLAJ-TV, Channel 53, an ABC affiliate in Lansing; and has organized several banks, including Capitol National Bank, the only locally owned bank in Lansing.

Elected to the Board in 2004, Foster previously served on the MSU Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1992. In 1997, she was appointed to the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees and served until 2004. While at CMU, she chaired a national presidential search and a comprehensive presidential performance review. 

For more information on the MSU Board of Trustees, visit the Web at trustees.msu.edu/