Three Michigan leaders have been named to new terms on the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The three are David Behen of Saline, vice president and chief information officer of LA-Z-BOY; Lynn Chen-Zhang of Portage, a current WMU trustee and partner and chief operating officer with Zhang Financial; and Shelly Edgerton of Plainwell, the director and chief data systems officer for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
"Trustees Behen and Edgerton are joining the board at an energizing time in the life of WMU," said WMU president Edward B. Montgomery. "I am so pleased that we will continue to benefit from Trustee Chen-Zhang's expertise and passion for this great university. I look forward to a strong partnership with these strong leaders as we work together to establish WMU as Michigan's destination for bright students who want to thrive in a changing world."
"We appreciate the governor's thoughtful consideration of these important roles," said Jeffrey A. Rinvelt, chair of the board of trustees. "We are proud to have Trustee Chen-Zhang as a continuing colleague, and we welcome Trustees Behen and Edgerton to our ranks. We believe deeply in the power of WMU to transform lives. We take seriously our fiduciary responsibility, and we welcome new perspectives as we work to ensure the long-term success of this wonderful university."
Behen is vice president and CIO of LA-Z-BOY. He previously served as director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget and chief information officer for the state. Behen earned his bachelor's degree in history and master's degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University. He will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Trustee William Pickard, and is being appointed to serve the remainder of the eight-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2020.
All three trustee actions are subject to the advice and consent of the Michigan Senate.