Governor Appoints Tom Baldini to Michigan Tech Board of Control
April 13, 2009—
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has appointed Marquette civic leader Thomas L. Baldini to fill a vacant seat on the Michigan Technological University Board of Control. Baldini will serve through 2016. He replaces David Brule, whose term has expired.
Baldini has served as district director in Marquette for US Representative Bart Stupak since 2003.
"It is a great honor to be named by the Governor to be a member of Michigan Tech's Board of Control," Baldini said. "Being a member of the Board of one of the four distinguished research universities in the state with a national and international reputation carries with it a great responsibility. I look forward to working with the administration, faculty and staff to build on these successes and provide the best opportunities possible for students and the entire University community."
Russ Gronevelt, chair of the Michigan Tech Board of Control, expressed his pleasure at the appointment. "Tom Baldini knows a lot about education, including higher education," Gronevelt said."He will be a great asset to Michigan Tech."
A graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Baldini served as education advisor and special assistant to former Michigan Governor James Blanchard. He has also worked as assistant to the superintendent for personnel and finances of the Marquette Area Public Schools and has taught high school and university political science in Marquette.
In 1994, he was appointed chair of the US section of the International Joint Commission for Canada and the US, by then-President Bill Clinton. He also served as US commissioner for the International Boundary Commission for the US and Canada, another presidential appointment.
"It will be great to have Tom on the Board," said Michigan Tech President Glenn D. Mroz. "He brings a wealth of experience that extends throughout Michigan and to the national and international levels. He has had some very high-profile assignments over the years, and yet he's always been able to make time for Michigan Tech when we've needed his help."
Baldini is a founding member and vice president of the Economic Club of Marquette County, a founding member of the Marquette Community Foundation and a member of the Marquette Area Public School Foundation. He has won the Mount Arvon Award for Conservation Leadership, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern Michigan University and a Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Association of University Professors
Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.