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Vassar elected chair of Board of Trustees, Kelly elected vice chair

January 11, 2023
<p>Trustee Rema Vassar speaks at the Michigan Democratic Party Spring Endorsement Convention in Detroit on April 9, 2022.</p>

Trustee Rema Vassar speaks at the Michigan Democratic Party Spring Endorsement Convention in Detroit on April 9, 2022.

Photo by Sheldon Krause | The State News

Trustee Rema Vassar was elected board chair in a 5-3 vote on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Vassar will serve as board chair for two years.

Vassar is the first Black woman to serve as chair.

She was elected to the board in 2020 with an eight-year term starting Jan. 1, 2021. She was nominated for the position of chair by trustee Kelly Tebay.

The board’s wide political split left the Vice Chair position relatively uncontested– as its bylaws mandate the vice must come from a party other than that of the chair.

The board voted unanimously to re-appoint lone-Republican Dan Kelly to the position. Kelly had previously served in the role under Trustee Dianne Byrum.

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