Oakland University Board of Trustees elects new chair, vice chair

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ROCHESTER, Mich. - With a unanimous vote, the Oakland University Board of Trustees has elected Mark E. Schlussel to serve as the new board chair and Richard L. DeVore to be the new board vice chair.

Mr. Schlussel succeeds Michael Kramer as board chair and Mr. DeVore succeeds Richard Flynn as vice chair.

"I am honored to be selected as the new board chair at Oakland University," said Schlussel. "Oakland has been on a path of growth and expansion under the leadership of Mr. Kramer, and I look forward to continuing our mission of providing the best possible educational atmosphere for our students, faculty and staff."

Mr. Schlussel was appointed to OU's Board of Trustees in August 2010. He is a member of the Law Firm of Schlussel & Schefman, located in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a graduate of Wayne State University and received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1965. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1982.

DeVore was appointed to OU's Board of Trustees in July 2013. He has held a number of key management positions at PNC since joining the bank in 1991, and has served as regional president for PNC Bank's Southeast Michigan region since 2010. 

DeVore holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in business from Wayne State University, where he taught banking and finance courses for four years.

DeVore chairs the PNC Foundation in Southeast Michigan. He also serves as a board member for Business Leaders for Michigan, Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit Public Schools Foundation, the Parade Company, Ann Arbor SPARK, Forgotten Harvest and the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.

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