Like everyone else at EMU, I received an email a bit ago letting me know “Snyder makes appointments to Eastern Michigan University board of regents,” or, as mLive put it, “Gov. Rick Snyder appoints new EMU regents to replace retiring Clack, Parker.” They are kind of curious appointments to me.
Michelle Crumm was on the board at Western Michigan University, “but she resigned from that post in June 2014 saying she couldn’t adequately serve the post being an Ann Arbor resident and having to commute to Kalamazoo.” Hmm. Crumm seems to have made quite the name for herself as a business person (great! we sure need more of that on the board!), but I don’t think she has any connection to EMU– she has degrees from Purdue and UM. That probably explains the easy move in her mind from WMU to EMU. Same diff.
Then there’s Dennis Beagen, a familiar name for folks at EMU. I do have some slight quibbles with the bio from the press release and the mLive article:
Beagen, of Northville, is a communications professor at EMU and previously served as acting associate provost, interim dean of continuing education, professor of communication, head of the Department of Communication, and executive associate to provost for advancement.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from EMU, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and an ABD from Wayne State University.
First off, Beagen is professor emeritus–that is, retired– and for most of his long career at EMU, he was the department head in Communications and/or some other kind of suit. I’m not sure how much “professing” he did. Second, “ABD” is not a degree that one is awarded. It stands for “All But Dissertation” and it sometimes is used to designate someone who did doctoral coursework but didn’t actually finish. Beagen holds a Master’s degree and that’s it. Perhaps I’m being petty here, but as someone who actually did what it takes to finish my dissertation and my PhD, it matters to me.
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see if Beagen has any influence on the board and how that influence manifests itself. Because he was here for a long time– over 30 years, I’m pretty sure– Beagen left EMU with both friends and enemies and with a ton of inside information on all things administrative.