Four community leaders appointed to Citizens Advisory Committee at UM-Dearborn

August 13, 2007





DEARBORN / Aug. 13, 2007---Four community leaders have been appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a group established by the U-M Regents ďfor the purpose of advising the chancellor, the president and the board on all matters bearing on the effectiveness of the service of the University to that area served by its programs centered in Dearborn, including the long-range educational needs of the area, and the part the University should take in responding to such needs.Ē

The four new members of the CAC are Steve Economy, senior vice president of the Wayne County Airport Authority; Mark Gaffney, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO; Hassan Jaber, chief executive officer of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services; and Gail Mee, president of Henry Ford Community College.

Their four-year appointments, effective Sept. 1, were approved by the Regents at their July meeting in Ann Arbor. Three members are stepping down from the committee after serving the maximum eight years.

Economy, who received his bachelorís degree from UM-Dearborn in 1965, has served a dozen years with the airport authority where his responsibilities include human resources, labor relations and government affairs for both Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports.

Previously he served as vice president for external relations and executive assistant to the president of Ameritech/Michigan Bell, where he was responsible for managing the utilityís involvement in the educational, political, civic and cultural life of the region. At UM-Dearborn, Economy is a member of the School of Managementís Deanís Advisory Council.

As president of the state labor federation, Gaffney represents approximately 750,000 active and retired union members in 48 affiliated unions. He joined the labor movement as an organizer for a Teamsters local in Saginaw after receiving a masterís degree in labor relations from Michigan State University.

He went on to work for the Teamsterís joint council based in Detroit, where he was legislative and community affairs director and responsible for political action statewide. He was elected to lead the Michigan AFL-CIO in 1999, and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2003.

Jaber became CEO of ACCESS this year, after serving many years as the groupís chief operating officer and associate executive director. He has helped transform ACCESS from a storefront operation into the largest Arab-American organization in the country, providing more than 90 different economic and social service programs. His responsibilities have included community and government relations, strategic planning and analysis, fundraising and human resources.

Jaber received bachelorís and masterís degrees from Wayne State University and he is a frequently commentator for local, national and international media on issues involving the Arab American community. He serves on the board of a number of corporate and civic organizations, including the Henry Ford Health System, and was a cofounder of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce in 1992.

Mee was appointed the fourth president of Henry Ford Community College in 2006, after serving nine years as vice president of academic affairs at Mesa Community College in Arizona. She earned her doctorate in education in college teaching and academic leadership from Columbia University, and has bachelors and masterís degrees in mathematics.

Mee began her academic career as professor of mathematics and computer education at Orange County Community College in New York, and served in several leadership positions there. She also has been a consultant for the Higher Learning Commission and the American Association for Higher Education, and been involved in a number of civic and community organizations, including chairing the United Way campaign in Mesa.




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