Brian M. Connolly, Paul Hillegonds and Arthur Horwitz have been appointed to four-year terms on the Citizens Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

October 13, 2008

DEARBORN / Oct. 13, 2008---Three civic and community leaders have been appointed to four-year terms on the Citizens Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The three new members of the committee are Brian M. Connolly, chief executive officer of Oakwood Healthcare; Paul Hillegonds, senior vice president of corporate affairs at DTE Energy; and Arthur Horwitz, president of Renaissance Media, the holding company for the Detroit Jewish News, Atlanta Jewish Times, and Renaissance Media Solutions.

The appointments were approved by the U-M Regents at their meeting in Ann Arbor last month.

According to the Regents bylaws, the CAC was established “for 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.”

“These new members join a very strong and helpful group of advisors whose support is essential to our mission, that of providing the University of Michigan excellence in service to metropolitan Detroit,” according to UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little. “They are terrific examples of the commitment to the needs of the region that we hope will characterize our campus, our students and our graduates.”

Connolly became president and CEO of Oakwood in 2007, after serving as president and CEO of the Blue Water Health System. Previously, he was president and CEO at the Daughters of Charity Health System in California, executive vice president of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, and president and CEO at Providence Hospital and Medical Centers in Southfield.

He earned his bachelor of business administration degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in public health from UM-Ann Arbor.

Hillegonds oversees DTE Energy’s governmental relations efforts at the local, state and federal levels as well as external and internal communications. He also is responsible for overseeing the company’s regulatory affairs, and environmental management and resources organizations.

A member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1979 to 1996, Hillegonds served as Republican leader and speaker of the House. From 1997 to 2005 he served as president of Detroit Renaissance, a non-profit, civic group of Southeast Michigan business leaders.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree from UM-Ann Arbor, and a law degree from the Thomas Cooley Law School. Governing magazine named him “public official of the year” in 1994, and the Detroit News named him a “Michiganian of the Year” in 1996.

Horwitz has been running the Detroit Jewish News, serving as its publisher and associate publisher, since 1986. Prior to the creation of Renaissance Media by Horwitz and a partner in 2000, he was executive vice president of Waterspout Communications. He also has worked in leadership and editorial positions at the Baltimore Sun and the New Haven Register.

Horwitz currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and as vice president of Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit. He also has served as co-chair of the Detroit Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education; as past president of the Detroit Agency for Jewish Education; and as a member of the international executive board of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from the Yale University School of Management.






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