Education
7:20 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

House speaker's dad to join Western Michigan University board

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed House Speaker Jase Bolger's father to serve on the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.

James Bolger earned a master's degree in public administration from Western Michigan.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

James Bolger is a retired Michigan State Police official who lives in Whitehall. The Kalamazoo Gazette says he'll fill the seat vacated when Trustee Michelle Crumm resigned.

Bolger will complete Crumm's eight-year term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2020.

Bolger earned a master's degree in public administration from Western Michigan.

Snyder said in a statement Friday that Bolger "will bring a unique and needed perspective to the board."

The Detroit News says Jase Bolger also attended the Kalamazoo school.