On Election Day, November 4, Wayne State University Board of Governor Shirley Stancato retained her seat and the election of a new board member, former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.
Given COVID-19 restrictions, a traditional swearing-in ceremony could not be performed, however, both Stancato and Land have taken the oath of office.
The New Look board will hold its first meeting on January 29.
Stancato, who for nearly 20 years served as the president and CEO of New Detroit Inc., was appointed to the board in December 2019 when Kim Trent resigned from Michigan.
“As a first generation, two-time Wayne State alumnus, I am honored to give back to the institution that gave me so much,” said Stancato. “Our graduation rate has improved significantly, but there is still much work to be done, including trying to keep tuition affordable during these challenging budget times exacerbated by the pandemic. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and administration to ensure Wayne State continues to be an institution of access and opportunity for generations to come. ”
Land has had a long career serving in various political positions, including as Secretary of State from 2003 to 2010. He also served as Kent County Clerk from 1992 to 2000.
“I ran for the Wayne State University Board of Governors because my passion is helping people pursue their purpose,” Land said. “I am excited to begin the work of supporting our students, faculty and staff in all they do to achieve the mission of this great university. In particular, I will do what I can to help our students graduate on time, free of excessive debt, and armed with the knowledge and skills to achieve their dreams and become citizens of the world. ”
The board consists of eight members elected for eight-year terms.