Ferguson elected chairman of MSU Board of Trustees

Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations, Office: (517) 432-0920, Cell: (517) 281-7129, Tom.Oswald.msu.edu

Jan 12, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has re-elected Joel Ferguson of Lansing to a third two-year term as board chairman.

Ferguson, who was first elected to the board in 1986, was first elected board chairman in 1992 and again in 2007.

The board also re-elected East Lansing’s Melanie Foster to a second two-year term as vice chairperson.

After initially being elected to an eight-year term on the board, Ferguson was elected again in 1996 and 2004. He is the co-founder of the F&S Development Co.; founded and served as president and owner of WLAJ-TV, an ABC affiliate in Lansing; and has organized several banks, including Capitol National Bank, the only locally owned bank in Lansing. He also was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the board of Freddie Mac.

Very active in civic affairs, Ferguson is a Golden Heritage member of the NAACP, and sat on the boards of, among others, the Boy's Club, the Arthritis Foundation and Junior Achievement.

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 www.trustees.msu.edu.