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Dow Chemical’s Bill Weideman appointed to CMU Board of Trustees, governor’s office still reviewing candidates for other vacancy

Bill Weideman of Midland has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to a seat on the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees.

Weideman, who serves as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dow Chemical, replaces former Board of Trustees Chariman Sam Kottamasu, whose term expired Dec. 31.

It was announced at the December board meeting that trustee Brian Fannon will continue as the board’s chairman.

Weideman will serve eight years on the board. His appointment, which is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate, will expire Dec. 31, 2020.

Snyder said he appointed Weideman to the position because of his dedication to the university and his experience in the professional world.

“Bill is an outstanding, experienced individual,” Snyder said in a news release. “He has shown great commitment to Central Michigan University, and I am confident he will do exceptional work in this role.”

Weideman has been with Dow for 36 years, working as global business finance director, vice president and corporate controller. In August 2011, he took over responsibility of corporate strategic development and executive oversight of Dow AgroSciences.

Weideman is also a member of CMU’s accounting advisory committee and development board. He graduated from CMU in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“Board members play a critical role in guiding the university to long-term strength and success,” University President George Ross said in a news release. “We welcome the Governor’s appointment of Mr. Weideman, who not only remains closely involved with his alma mater, but brings tremendous leadership and business skills, along with a keen interest in the personal and professional success of CMU’s students.”

CMU trustee Sarah Opperman said in an email Weideman’s financial and business expertise will make him invaluable to the board and CMU.

“Mr. Weideman’s professional background and long personal commitment to CMU will enable him to contribute immediately and effectively. He also has an excellent knowledge of and dedication to this University as a CMU alumnus, volunteer and contributor,“ she said.

Ken Silfven, deputy press secretary for Snyder’s office, said the governor is also reviewing candidates to replace former trustee Marilyn French Hubbard, whose term also expired on Dec. 31.

No timeline for the replacement process in available.

“The governor wants to make sure we get the best possible candidates,” Silfven said in an email.

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