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Terms Begin for New Members to MSU Board of Trustees

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Terms Begin for New Members to MSU Board of Trustees

On January 13, the Board of Trustees welcomed two new members to its team. Rema Vassar and Pat O’Keefe joined after winning races in the November 2020 election. Each will serve an eight-year term.

Rema Vassar is a former K-12 public school teacher, counselor, administrator and parent organizer with over two decades of experience. With a focus on developing transformative servant leaders, Vassar has been an assistant professor of Leadership and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University since 2016. She offers a renewed perspective on making the university more accessible and is committed to accountability and affordability. Her husband is an alumnus and her daughter is currently a sophomore at MSU.

  • Parent of Current MSU Student
  • Bachelor’s, Western Michigan University
  • Doctorate, University of California, Los Angeles

Pat O’Keefe is an MSU alumnus and founder and CEO of O’Keefe, a strategic and financial consulting firm. For over 30 years, O’Keefe has been active as a financial consultant and turnaround adviser to under-performing businesses in various industries including retail, hospitality, restaurants, construction, automotive, manufacturing and real estate. He is committed to better oversight and making MSU a safer campus. In addition, his priorities include college affordability and freedom of speech on campus. O’Keefe has volunteered for advisory boards in higher education with Oakland University, University of Detroit Mercy and Cleary University.

  • Bachelor’s, MSU Broad College of Business, ’76
  • MBA, Wayne State University

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