University Regent Andrew Richner (R–Gross Pointe Park), former vice chair of the University Board of Regents, was named chair of the board at the regents meeting June 18.

Richner will be replacing Katherine White (D–Ann Arbor), who had served as chair since July 1, 2008.

The positions of chair and vice chair are one-year terms that are fulfilled according to seniority. The vice chair automatically becomes chair after completing his or her term as the vice chair.

As chair, Richner will work with University President Mary Sue Coleman and act as a spokesperson for the board.

Richner was elected to the board in 2002 for an eight-year term. Prior to becoming a regent, Richner served one term on the Grosse Pointe Park City Council, two terms as Wayne Country Commissioner and three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Richner graduated from the University’s School of Business Administration in 1982 and the University’s Law School in 1986.

Richner’s term will begin July 1.

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