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Honorary Board Member Sandy Pierce Appointed to MSU Board of Trustees

January 3, 2023

The Detroit News
Dec. 27, 2022
Beth LeBlanc

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed bank executive Sandy Pierce to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees to replace Republican Pat O’Keefe, who resigned in November.

The appointment of the senior executive vice president for Huntington National Bank to the board is effective immediately and will last through Jan. 1, 2029.

The Michigan State board has been embroiled in controversy since trustees asked former President Samuel Stanley Jr. to retire early amid problems with the university’s Title IX processes. Stanley defended the university’s reforms to the process before resigning in October while saying he had “lost confidence” in the East Lansing’s board.

The Democratic governor said her administration met with alumni, faculty and students before making the appointment to the board.

“Sandy is the right person for the job because she leads with her values and has decades of experience to back it up,” Whitmer said in a statement. “She is a trusted professional and a tested, proven leader.”

Pierce chaired the Henry Ford Health System board, is the current chairwoman for the Detroit Economic Club board and was an appointee of Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder in 2016 to the Building the 21st Century Economy Commission.

Pierce also served as vice chairman for FirstMerit Corp. and served in senior positions at RBS Citizens and JPMorgan Chase. She is a graduate of Wayne State University, but was awarded MSU’s honorary alumni award in 2018, the governor’s office said.

“I’ve dedicated my career to economic development in the state of Michigan and its world class institutions,” Pierce said in a statement. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to continue to help advance the school’s mission and provide relevant guidance on its strategic goals and objectives.”

Pierce’s biography on Huntington National Bank’s website indicates she’s a Detroit resident, a board member of Penske Automotive Group and American Axle & Manufacturing and an executive committee member of Business Leaders for Michigan.