Monday, January 31, 2011

From the President's Desk: Welcome To The Two Newest Trustees

Here is a note from the desk of Ferris State University president David L. Eisler welcoming two new members to the Board of Trustees:
It is a pleasure to welcome former Ferris trustee Gary Granger, and Ferris alumnus Paul Boyer to the University’s Board of Trustees. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments last week. Boyer and Granger replace outgoing board members R. Thomas Cook and Jim Haveman. Once they are confirmed by the legislature, the new trustees’ terms will run through Dec. 31, 2018.

Both Gary Granger and Paul Boyer have a long association and engagement with Ferris, making them wonderful choices for our board. I am grateful to Governor Snyder for these choices and for his willingness to work with the University on these appointments. Board chairman Ron Snead also expressed his appreciation, saying,

“It is a pleasure to welcome Gary Granger back to the board and to have Paul Boyer, a Ferris distinguished alumnus, joining us. Both are familiar with Ferris, and I look forward to their input, insight, commitment and the contributions I am confident they will make to the board and the university.”

Gary Granger is president, founder and owner of Granger Group, a national design-build and development group. His community outreach includes service on the Van Andel Institute Board of Governors and the Lansing Christian School board, among others. He was first appointed to Ferris State’s Board of Trustees by Michigan Gov. John Engler in 2001 and served until 2008. The Granger Group has established partnerships and relationships leading to a portfolio of more than $700 million in successful developments in West Michigan and throughout the state.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado and is a 1992 graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Program. His son, Jason, is a 2004 graduate of Ferris’ College of Business and served as Student Government president.

Paul Boyer earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Ferris in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University. He began his career at Meijer Inc. 39 years ago, serving in multiple leadership positions including president and chief executive officer, and currently is vice-chair of the Meijer Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the Ferris 1992 Distinguished Alumni Award and 2005 Honorary Doctorate in Business and Industry. He is a former member of the Ferris Alumni Association Board of Directors and co-chair of Ferris’ Commission on the Future. His wife, Cathy, also earned a degree from Ferris.
In addition to his corporate board work with Meijer and Topco Associates, Boyer serves on the boards for Goodwill Industries, J.E.M. Mentoring and The League, a non-profit education organization.

Please join me in welcoming our new trustees, and also expressing our sincere thanks and appreciation to the years of service Tom Cook and Jim Haveman contributed to the University. I am grateful to them for their strong leadership for our Board and University during their tenure as trustees.
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