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Detroit News article highlights Allan Gilmour's tenure as WSU President

January 6, 2013

A front page feature story chronicles the accomplishments and challenges during the tenure of President Allan Gilmour. One of the first challenges he tackled was the school's graduation rate. He appointed a task force to probe why only 24 percent of WSU students were graduating in five years. Within a year, the Board of Governors passed a tighter admissions policy that will affect the next incoming freshman class. "(The graduation rate) was unacceptable and we had to do something about it," said Gilmour. In the area of recruitment the University has broadened its efforts reaching out to Lansing, Traverse City, Alpena and western Michigan. As a result, the last two incoming freshmen classes have included students from 14 west Michigan high schools that had not sent graduates to WSU in the recent past. There also has been an effort to build relationships with high schools and key stakeholders in various communities, and to promote a culture for college attendance. Students have been hired to be ambassadors as co-recruiters in Detroit Public Schools. They also represent the university at other campus functions, including alumni and fundraising events. Meanwhile, efforts to improve the student transfer experience from local community colleges to WSU were initiated. WSU also has plans to expand the number of programs offered in Macomb County. Before he leaves, Gilmour said he hopes to revamp the University's master plan, attract about 150 new faculty members, name new deans in several schools and break ground on a new $93 million medical research building. A photo of President Gilmour is included.