EMU regent who missed meetings announces resignation, citing health reasons
Eastern Michigan University Regent Mohamed Okdie has resigned due to health reasons, Gov. Rick Snyder's office said today. The resignation is effective immediately.
An AnnArbor.com report published this morning showed that Okdie hadn’t been to a meeting in nearly two years and attended just six meetings out of 20 since he was appointed to the university's governing board in November 2007 by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Okdie could not be reached for comment Monday night.
Okdie, a retired school social worker from Detroit, took over the seat vacated by Ishmael Ahmed, who left the board to become the head of the Michigan Department of Human Services.
Sara Wurfel, the governor's press secretary, said Snyder would be looking to fill the seat as soon as possible. The new appointee would finish Okdie's term and then potentially be considered for another, she said.
The change comes on the heels of Snyder's appointment of two new regents to the board — Mike Hawks and Mike Morris. EMU's eight regents serve eight-year terms in office and do not receive compensation.
Kelly Davenport is a news producer/copy editor at AnnArbor.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 734-623-2515.