NMU Trustees Appointed

Brian Cloyd of Grand Rapids (left) and Jon "Jack" LaSalle of Marquette have been appointed to eight-year terms on the NMU Board of Trustees by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Cloyd is the director of corporate and community relations for Steelcase North America. He joined the company in 1978 as an employment representative and has since held various positions in employment and human resources.

Named to his current position in November 2002, Cloyd is responsible for all community and corporate relations at the local, state and federal levels.

"I'm really excited about this appointment," Cloyd said. "Steelcase has had a connection with Northern and I had a chance to meet Les [Wong] last fall. I have a great respect for the university. As I learn more about it, I have come to the conclusion that Northern is a secret gem in the state university system. There is a lot going on and it is an exciting place. I also love the Marquette area, based on the few trips I've made there. This is a great opportunity for me and I'm looking foward to it."

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Cloyd succeeds Mary Lincoln Campbell, whose term expired. He holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in public administration both from the University of Detroit.

LaSalle has been the field representative for the Michigan State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, since 1986. He also serves in the following capacities: chair of the labor advisory and planning committee for the NMU labor education program and office of continuing education; chair of the Marquette County Democratic Party; and recording secretary for the Marquette County Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

A native of Garden, Mich., LaSalle earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication from NMU in 1971.

"I am proud and honored to be recognized as a person who can make a contribution to a fine institution like Northern," LaSalle said. "I've always argued that I received an excellent education at NMU because I had access to full and associate professors as an undergrad. They were always available to me when I needed them and they still are. I'm just happy to be part of the team that now sets policity for that great university. This appointment was a welcome surprise and I'm growing into the challenge of it."

LaSalle succeeds Scott L. Holman, whose term expired.

Both appointees are scheduled to serve through Dec. 31, 2012. They will participate in the Feb. 12 teleconference meeting of the NMU board.



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