Gov. Snyder appoints Tricia Keith to CMU Board of Trustees



Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Blue Cross Blue Shield's Tricia Keith to the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees Wednesday.

Keith, a senior vice president and corporate secretary for BCBS of Michigan since 2006, will replace Trustee Marilyn French Hubbard on the eight-person board.  It was announced at December's board meeting that trustee Brian Fannon would continue as the board's chairman.

Her term will expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

“Tricia brings great experience, and I am confident she will effectively serve the students, faculty and staff of Central Michigan University in this role,” Snyder said in a news release.

Keith previously worked as director of the Michigan House of Representatives business office and as Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s vice president of external relations.

She graduated from CMU in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in German and political science.

Keith was also named to the 2010 Crain's Detroit Business "40 under 40" list for coordinating BCBS's plan to move its 3,000 employees from their Southfield offices to the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. The move saved BCBS $30 million in operating costs, according to Crain's Detroit Business.

“We welcome Ms. Keith as a high-achieving alumna who brings outstanding leadership, deep community and professional insights, and a commitment to academic excellence,” University President George Ross said in a Wednesday afternoon news release.

Keith is the second appointment to the board of trustees this month. Gov. Snyder appointed Dow Chemical Co.'s Bill Weideman to the board on Jan. 3, 2013.
Weideman, who is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dow Chemical, fills outgoing Chairman Sam Kottamasu's seat on the board.
The board's first meeting of 2013 is scheduled for Feb. 14.
Managing Editor John Irwin contributed to this report. 


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