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April 22, 2014

Stephen M. Lanier appointed as Wayne State University vice president for research
DETROIT — After a nationwide search, Stephen M. Lanier has been appointed Wayne State University’s vice president for research, effective June 16, 2014.  Lanier is currently the associate ...
Chacona W. Johnson named vice president for Development and Alumni Affairs and president of the Wayne State University Foundation
DETROIT – Wayne State University has named Chacona W. Johnson as vice president for Development and Alumni Affairs and president of the Wayne State University Foundation. Her appointment is effec...
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WSU In The News

Diversity a priority for Wayne State president, Apr 22, 2014
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Michigan’s affirmative action ban Tuesday, several universities have pledged to make campus diversity a priority. Wayne State University spokesman Matt Lockwood said diversity is a “priority” for President M. Roy Wilson, who took office last summer. “As the most diverse campus in Michigan, Wayne State University appreciates the innovation, creativity and synergy that emerges when people of different backgrounds interact and work together,” said a university statement. “In compliance with the law, we will continue our historic mission of being a place of diversity, opportunity and excellence.”
Wayne State announces cabinet appointments: Chacona W. Johnson and Stephen M. Lanier , Apr 22, 2014
Chacona Johnson has been named Wayne State University’s new vice president for development and alumni affairs, and the president of the Wayne State University Foundation. Additionally, Stephen Lanier has been approved by the Board of Governors as the new vice president of research, effective June 16.


Wayne State receives grant to examine development of high-speed rail in the US, Apr 21, 2014
Wayne State University, in partnership with the University of Michigan and Drexel University, has launched a two-and-a-half-year study of the imagination — or l'imaginaire — of high-speed rail (HSR) in America. The study is part of a larger comparative international study piloted by Dr. Max Bergman at the University of Basel and led by French, American, South African, Indian and Chinese research teams that is exploring the role of the "imaginaries" in choices relative to train and rail infrastructures. In other words, the study will examine what motivates decision makers (both leaders and users) in regard to championing or using trains both in and of themselves and within the context of the future of transportation as a whole.


Actor Tom Skerritt shares memories, lessons learned as Wayne State student, Apr 21, 2014
Actor Tom Skerritt is back to where his remarkable 50-year career began, taking part in an interview and question and answer session at the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University on April 22 at 5:30 p.m. "I learned a great deal about myself when I started at Wayne State," Skerritt told FOX 2’s Jason Carr. "I had no idea what I was going to do but everything that I came to be started at Wayne State."
Wayne State students, volunteers distribute toiletry kits to Detroit's homeless, Apr 20, 2014
Wayne State University students gathered on campus to assemble toiletry kits, then traveled to the area around Cass Park to distribute the packages to the homeless. Additional bags were to be given to Covenant House in support of homeless youths. The program encourages students to donate and works with area hotels to secure items such as toothpaste, toilet paper and shaving cream. Since the initiative began in 2011, student athletes have collected and distributed nearly 70,000 items.
WSU's Graig Donnelly discusses revitalization efforts around Detroit with Al Jazeera America, Apr 20, 2014
Graig Donnelly, director of Wayne State’s Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, appeared on Al Jazeera America to discuss individual and community efforts leading positive change in Detroit as well as the challenges the city faces moving forward.
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