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NMU Board of Trustees welcomes three new members

March 30, 2009
By MIRIAM MOELLER Journal Staff Writer and The Associated Press

Marquette - Northern Michigan University's Board of Trustees will showcase three new members at its May meeting.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm recently announced the three appointments, which are Larry C. Inman of Williamsburg, L. Garnet Lewis of Freeland and H. Sook Wilkinson of Bloomfield Hills.

Lewis, 47, an associate director of professional education at Central Michigan University, is appointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2016. She succeeds Mary C. Lukens whose term expired last year.

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Sook Wilkinson

"It is, obviously, a great honor," she said in response to being appointed. "As a graduate student and residence hall director (1983-1987), Northern gave me the opportunity to pursue my education and gain invaluable professional experience. "

Lewis received her master's in education from NMU in 1986 and a doctorate from the University of North Texas. She's a former member and former president of the NMU Alumni Association Board.

"In these difficult economic times, when funding for higher education continues to decline, I believe that I can provide insight and contribute to solutions for our funding dilemmas," she said.

Inman, 55, previously served on the board from 2002 through 2006.

"I'm very excited to return back to the board and I'm looking forward to working with Dr. Wong," he said. "I'm thrilled."

Inman graduated from NMU in 1976 and received an associate of science degree from Northwestern Michigan College. He retired from Huntington National Bank and currently serves as a Grand Traverse County commissioner. In 2008 he received the NMU distinguished alumni award.

"I know the next several years will be challenging economic times for NMU," he said, adding that he hopes his 28 years of banking experience will benefit the board.

Inman succeeds Alan T. Ackerman, who resigned from the board for personal reasons. His term runs through December 2010.

Wilkinson, 61, has been a clinical psychologist for the past 30 years and works in private practice. She was appointed chairwoman of the Governor's Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

"I fell in love with the students and faculty when I came to NMU for the UNITED conference as a keynote speaker last fall," she said. "After attending the first board meeting last week, I'm convinced that NMU is blessed with very caring and competent leadership among the university leaders and the board members."

Wilkinson said she aims to promote Northern "regionally, internationally and, of course, in southeast Michigan."

She has written two books on international adoption of Korean children and was scheduled to complete an anthology about Asian Americans in Michigan.

Wilkinson was born in Seoul, Korea.

"My perspective on life in America as a naturalized citizen is something that distinguishes me from the rest of the board members," she said.

Wilkinson is taking over Samuel Benedict's position, whose term expired last year. Her term will expire in December 2016.



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