Snyder makes LSSU appointments

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Rodney Nelson and Ann Parker to the Lake Superior State University (LSSU) Board of Control.

This eight-person board is the governing body of the university.

“Nelson and Parker are great additions to this board,” Snyder said. “Their background and experiences will help continue LSSU’s important role in the community and state and ensure budgetary efficiency.”

Nelson, of St. Ignace, serves as CEO of the Mackinac Straits Health System, Inc. in St. Ignace, and was previously CEO of the Mackinac Straits Hospital. He brings extensive leadership experience from also previously holding executive positions with Lenawee Health Alliance in Adrian, Morenci Hospital in Morenci and Thorn Hospital in Hudson. An LSSU alumnus, Nelson received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University. He replaces Willard “Frenchie” LaJoie.

Parker, of East Lansing, is the chief operating officer of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). She previously served as vice president of administration and human resources as well as director of government relations with the Association. Prior to joining SBAM, Parker was director of government affairs and director of state government relations for ANR Pipeline Company and the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, respectively. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and social science from Michigan State University. She replaces Cindy Dingell.  

Nelson and Parker will serve eight-year terms expiring Jan. 27, 2020. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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