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Choose two candidates to serve eight-year terms on the Wayne State University Board of Governors. According to the WSU Board of Governors's bylaws, members of the board are not compensated but are reimbursed for expenses incurred related to the position.

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  • Michael J. Busuito
    (Rep)

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    Bhagwan Dashairya
    (L)

  • Mark Gaffney
    (Dem)

  • Robert Gale
    (UST)

  • Wendy Goossen
    (NTL)

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    Margaret Guttshall
    (Grn)

  • Yvette McElroy Anderson
    (Dem)

  • Al Seder
    (LIB)

  • Kimberly Shmina
    (Rep)

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    Fran Shor
    (Grn)

  • Marc Joseph Sosnowski
    (UST)

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Biographical Information

Why do you want to be a member of the university board to which you are seeking election? What current or former board members or trustee(s), if any, do you consider a role model for the job? Please explain.

What do you consider the three most critical duties of a university regent/governor/trustee?

How hands-on do you intend to be with various university departments? How involved should a board member be with the athletic department, for example?

From your perspective, is the university whose board you are running for doing enough to be transparent? Is there more that needs to be done to ensure that debate is taking place publicly? If yes, what are transparency changes you would advocate?

Where do you stand on the lawsuit seeking to require open meetings among university boards in Michigan? Explain.

What is the university’s role in addressing the need for jobs and economic diversity in Michigan?

What is the right way for universities to deal with incidents of sexual assaults on its campus? In whose jurisdiction should investigation, prosecution and punishment fall? What is a university’s role in this process?

What must the university do to eradicate sexual assaults on campus?

What should the university do to control the cost of tuition?

Are you satisfied with the diversity of the university’s student body? If not, what should be done to improve diversity at the university?

What should the university do to improve the drop-out rates of young freshman? What can be done to ensure students having trouble don't fall out of the college system completely?

What role does a university play in helping a state keep college graduates in Michigan? In what ways would you encourage that as a member of the board?

To what extent should the university participate in efforts to make its best teaching available on free or inexpensive digital platforms?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, explain.

City of residence Troy
Age 62
Family 6 children: Michelle, Christina, Joseph, Nicholas, Matthew, Elena
Education B.S. University of Michigan 1976 M.D. Wayne State University 1981
Vehicles owned GMC Acadia
Professional Experience Plastic Surgeon for 28 years
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Campaign Website http://VoteBusuitoWSU
Incumbent? false
I spent 12 years of post-graduate education at WSU, I have been on the faculty there since 1988 and I have a daughter who graduated from the School of Medicine at WSU. I am on the board of WSUPG(Wayne State University Physicians Group) and we represent approximately 1/2 of the budget of WSU. I am a lifelong Detroit area resident and I am invested in this area. I want to lead WSU to the future. Dianne Dunaskiss is my role model for the job. She is not influenced by the politics and votes her conscience.
Lead the way to managing the financial health of the university. Make tuition affordable. Be proactive in keeping WSU a world class research institution.
I plan to oversee, not micromanage.
I see no problems with transparency from my current knowledge.
I am in favor of open meetings.
Public universities should be at the forefront of addressing jobs and economic diversity in Michigan.
The law enforcement agencies in the jurisdiction of the municipality of the universities should handle these cases.
Educate the students in prevention and prosecute appropriately.
Must be addressed through the legislature as this is where the major cuts are being made.
I have no issues currently.
Improve the selection process.
More partnerships with local industries at the university level.
We need more online instruction.
Yes.
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City of residence Westland
Age 77
Family Dr. Dashairya lives with his wife, Urmil, in Westland, Michigan. Elder son, Deepak, graduated with Masters in Applied Statistics from the University of Michigan and is a Manager with the US State Department. Second son, Rajiv, received a Masters in Accounting and Finance from Michigan State University and is currently working as a Manager for the Department of Defense. Daughter, Kiran, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently working as a Project Manager in the automotive industry.
Education BS - Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics BS - Mechanical Engineering MS and PhD - Engineering Science M.B.A - Entrepreneurial Management
Vehicles owned 2010 Toyota Corolla 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
Professional Experience 40 years of Community and Professional Experience
Political Experience 40 years of political experience running for city and national offices.
Race/ethnicity Asian Indian
Campaign Website http://michiganlp.org
Incumbent? false
I have 40 years of Professional and Community Services which include many boards and trusts. Please see my included bio sheet for additional details. I want to serve the University community with my vast background, knowledge, and skill set.
To see the policies are followed. To make sure Faculty, Staff, and Students are taken care of. To maintain community concern on priority basis including cost of education concern.
I would be very active with all departments including Athletic and Public Affairs department.
Publicly is public cry whether good or bad. I like open book policy and would include input from many sources including public and multimedia.
I fully like to have open meetings so that public knows what is going on and can input suggestions etc.

University must play an important and unique role in jobs and economic development which include diversity.
University primary role is to safeguard all personnel including students against any bodily harm or threat. University has to act fair and than get City, State, and FBI involved to solve any incident. Culprit must be punished according to crime committed.
Push a no tolerance policy, must be publicly announced and must be part of new student orientation. Public forums may be arranged to explain the damages it does to individuals. Self Help seminars can be arranged for public participation.
1. Create a Community College District within University to reduce cost of education for nighttime students (grant). 2. Have professional proposal/grant writers to raise enough funds to offset educator costs. 3. Have regular fundraising campaign to raise funds including Alumni network.
To increase diversity, scholarships and financial help must be provided to increase participation. Major efforts have to be made in recruiting diversity students from various high school and/or institutions.
Students must have trained Counsel to help students in their curriculum and time management. These helping hands must be compulsory for every freshman. A progress tracking management should be developed for their progress.
College Graduates are natural resource for state. Every effort should be made to keep them in Michigan. An industry apprenticeship is best way to keep them involved doing education and it should lead for a final job after graduation.
I fully support this concept.
Definitely and positively yes
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City of residence Detroit
Age 60 years
Family Married to Trisha Stein and we have three children, Brad, Ellen and Astana
Education Bachelors from MSU in Philosophy Masters in Labor Relations from MSU
Vehicles owned Lincoln hybrid
Professional Experience 30years in Michigan labor Movement, including 12 years as President of Michigan AFLCIO
Political Experience Engaged in all levels of campaigns as a political director or operative for unions
Race/ethnicity White , Caucasian
Incumbent? false
WSU needs a labor movement, working class voice on its board. I have taught there for 5 years, labor economics to graduate students and undergrads. I,have worked with the MAELR program and other aspects of the university and its family. Paul Masseron, Ed Scribner and Gary Powell would be mentors. I will rely on the good judgement of my good friend Kim Trent.
Work the budget that is presented to bring about fiscal stability while reaching as many goals for students and community as possible. Bring our individual experience to the deliberations to balance the academia and traditions. Insure that the university remains accessible to working class families through appropriate tuition levels and the right curriculum mix.
The athletic dept should be run by the experts. The cost and budget impact is a concern for Board of Governors. I intend to be hands on in understanding the school's offerings and challanges. I am interested in giving my viewpoint on the issues before the Board, in working to achieve balance and concensus, but I do not believe that I have all the answers.
So far I find WSU transparent. It's concerns with the medical school and the DMC are recently discussed in the newspaper. I will have to see the budget process and the method for bringing changes to the work of the university, before I know about this in,other areas.
There are open meetings currently, including with public comment. The board does need to deliberate about personnel actions in private first, but each decision should be,public. WSU is not as welcoming to students in its Board affairs and governance as many colleges are, we may want to work on that.
Huge. WSU was an economic driver in Detroit and for Detroit before it became "cool" for others. This must continue. Colleges are generally some of the largest employers, largest producers of R&D in their areas and have a big role in housing. We care about students, employees and most certainly the community.
WSU appropriately has its own police force. It is very i,portent to,coordinate and work closely with the Detroit Police. Prevention through safe locations, police presence, student involement, and particularly awareness and education. Too much sexual violence is between people known, even dating or being social. The consciousness of all, make and females, needs to be raised in a deliberative effort.
See above
Work with the State. The legislature has defended higher education shamelessly. The college should have constant improvement programs for cutting costs, but the biggest budget harm has been caused by the state.
This is an ongoing effort. It is very important to students and the life experiences. WSU must continue to do a good job attracting and retaining all manners of people.
More counselors need to be hired, this could include trained peer mentors. Constant vigilance by instructors is Important. An offering of a large variety of courses is necessary to address the various needs of students.
If we build it, they will come. If our state is attractive , they will stay. Don't forget many young people start out in Chicago and return for their second or third job
This should be done as a mix, as a part of traditional classrooms. On line can supplement, but cannot replace classes.
Yes, proudly, but it's easier for a Democrat to say that in 2016.
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City of residence Dearborn
Age 66
Family Husband, Fred Daughter, Anna Brother, Russell
Education Wayne State University, Masters in Library and Information Science, 2003 Roosevelt University, BA, 1992
Vehicles owned None
Professional Experience Law Librarian, Cooley Law School Docent, Henry Ford Museum Typesetter Factory Worker Waitress
Political Experience Green Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors since 2006, Green Party candidates for State Representative 2002, active in Labor Party and other political campaigns since 1968
Race/ethnicity French, English, German
Incumbent? false
As a revolutionary socialist, the nature of Wayne State University (WSU) as public university, that is paid for by the people of Michigan, is very important to me.

WSU should serve the people of Michigan. It should not serve the owners of private corporations who are in business to make money off the people. Every member of the Board should be fully conscious of this and act in complete accord with this.

As the Green Party campaign says: “People, Peace, Planet of over Profit.”

Look and listen. Analyze. Act.
I intend to observe various departments and ask professors, instructors, students, librarians, clerks, and workers, lots of questions. I will take advantage of my position as Governor to learn as much as I can about all aspects of the University. This knowledge will serve me well. In my experience as a student and employee, I don't think that the board should simply agree with the president's office on policy. The board needs its own independent assessment of the university's needs and its place in the community.
No. Meeting of the Board should be open to the public. Each meeting should be taped so that anyone in Michigan can get a copy of the tape.
I am definitely in favor of it.
I personally support “a Green New Deal: create 20 million jobs and prevent climate meltdown.” I also support the movement for free public education from pre-kindergarten through university, as is the policy in most countries as raised by the Sanders campaign and supported now by the Jill Stein-Ajamu Baraka campaign. The university's role is to help decrease income inequality and structural racism through advancing academic excellence for all students, especially students from the working class.
As a revolutionary socialist, I am totally in favor of a struggle against sexual assaults. Wayne State University should make the struggle against sexual assaults on campus a top priority. WSU Board of Governors should review regularly the results of investigations into sexual assaults on campus. The university's role should be to provide counseling and privacy for the person making the complaint. If another student is involved, then the current process for handling issues between students should be used. Any criminal investigation should be handled by the appropriate authorities.
. The University should make a mandatory, year-long course on the struggle against male supremacy, against sexism, against sexual assaults. It should also form university peace patrols to help women facing rapists and people of color facing attacks from racists.
Too many top administrators are paid salaries that are not analogous to public employee salaries. Many could be reduced.

I will work with all forces at the University who spend money and look for ways they can save. I will also look for ways to get money. Other nations offer free school from Kindergarten through Graduate School. “Money for Wayne State, not for War!”
No. As a revolutionary socialist, the struggle against white supremacy, against racism, is very important to me. We should set aside funds to increase enrollment from Detroit, other African American communities, and others affected by institutional white supremacy and racism. I will work to develop programs for people of color once they are in, to stay in.

In an analogous way, we need to ensure that all students from low-income families are given opportunities to attend and graduate from Wayne State. A commitment by the society to public education from pre-kindergarten through university is needed.
Professors could use student assistants to help flag students who are having academic trouble and help guide them for tutoring or remedial classes.

Another reason people drop out are the costs are too high. They a working at least one job to cover the costs, and, given all the work that they have to do to cover the costs, that the school work becomes too difficult. We need work study with good wages and study support to help students get through the first year.

In the long run, a tuition-free experience with support from the society will be the best support for incoming freshmen.
The University should not be doing anything to try to get people to stay in Michigan. We should be encouraging students to go wherever they want to go and do whatever they want to do.
The University should participate with teachers and students as to the best ways to use digital platforms. We do know the best experiences are with live teachers in a classroom with fellow learners.
Yes. I appeared with Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, Green Party presidential candidates at their Detroit Rally September 3. I was the first speaker. We had several former Senator Sanders delegates speak as well as many other Green candidates. We had over 500 people come. It was wonderful! Martha Reeves, from Martha and the Vandellas, sang. Jill Stein was inspired to play the congas.
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City of residence Detroit
Age 59
Family Married 1 child
Education Bachelors Degree-Public Administration Master's Degree- Education Technology and Instructional Design
Vehicles owned Ford Fusion
Professional Experience Community College Campus Vice President
Political Experience Field Director, Fannie Lou Hamer PAC Campaign Manager, and Precinct Delegate
Race/ethnicity African American
Incumbent? false
This position provides the opportunity to expand my commitment to higher education and community service.

1.Establishing the Annual Budget 2. Setting tuition and fees 3. Setting policy for the management of university resources
I would act within the purview of the Board of Governors Bylaws and the committee assignments that I hold.

It appears that steps are being taken to increase transparency. I would be an advocate for sustained transparency.
I have read about it, but haven't researched the law suit sufficiently to take a position at this point. However, I will take a critical look at the allegations surrounding the law suit so I can take an informed position.
I believe that Wayne State University should continue to deepen its relationships with school districts, community colleges and other colleges to properly align for rapidly changing high tech, workforce development and business demands of the 21st century.
Police authorities at universities must ensure that all incidents and allegations are promptly identified, investigated and prosecuted.
Universities must insist upon ongoing education and training of all stakeholders around prevention and identification of sexual assault activities. Police authorities at universities must ensure that all incidents and allegations are promptly identified, investigated and prosecuted.
Work to advocate for increased funding allocations and increase enrollment.
We can do better? It is a part of the strategic plan. We should set realistic and measurable goals to ensure diversity and inclusion dashboards are achieved e.g., policy and increased educational initiatives. d
Provide support services and student to student mentoring to 1st year students. Invest in the services that assist students in persistence thereby improving retention.
I believe that WSU has a unique position and opportunity to be an institution that will be an institution of intellectual excellence around ran revitalization and regional cooperation. This will provide increased opportunities to retain the talent we train and I would look at the research and models used in other areas of the country for retaining the talent. I think the regional transit is one step in that direction.
I think we should make it available on multiple platforms. Education provides dividends for communities. I am interested in exploring the ways that it can de realized in cost effect ways.
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City of residence Royal Oak
Age 71
Family Barbara Logan - wife Molly - daughter Miriam - daughter Emma - daughter
Education Ph.D. University of Minnesota M.A. University of Minnesota B.A. University of Pittsburgh
Vehicles owned 2009 Ford Focus
Professional Experience faculty, Wayne State University, 1974-2014 visiting faculty - Melbourne University fellowship; University of California, San Diego; Massey University (New Zealand) - Fulbright Coordinator, North American Labor History Conference 2011-2014 Member and Officer of Various Professional Organizations Advisory Board Member of Various Scholarly Journals, Chair, Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, 1998-2001, Wayne State Chair and Member of Various College and University Committees AAUP/AFT Bargaining Council, numerous terms
Political Experience Director, Public Education and Community Engagement Project, Peace Action of Michigan, Board Member Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, Board Member and Advisory Board Labor for Bernie, Sanders campaigner Green Party, Occupy Detroit, Education Committee Witness for Peace (Delegations to Nicaragua and Cuba)
Race/ethnicity Jewish
Campaign Website http://www.franshor.org
Incumbent? false
After teaching at Wayne State for forty years and seeing the university become less accessible to both working class youth, because of the high cost of tuition and burden of debt, and working adults, because of the lack of programs, I want to be a strong advocate for the reduction of tuition and debt and for the re-establishment of degrees catering to working adults. Tina Abbott was a Board member who understood the needs and concerns of both working adults and minority students. She stood against an Administration and majority of her fellow Democrats who voted to terminate the only special degree-granting program for working adults in which I taught for over three decades.
The first responsibility is to examine any and all proposals from the Administration, especially in regard to tuition increases, degree programs, and building expenses, with the closest scrutiny. The Board of Governors should not devolve into a cozy corporate-type relationship with the president and the administrative officers of the university. Secondly, the Board of Governors must make sure that affirmative action is in place for students and faculty. Finally, the board must closely consider whether special gifts come with provisions that will wind up costing the students and citizens of Michigan more money and compromising the academic mission of the university.
Every board member must respect academic freedom as the essential characteristic of each program and department at the university. I would not interfere with curriculum decisions that are under the purview of departmental committees. However, where departments are failing to live up to affirmative action commitments in hiring and promotion and tenure, I would work to reinforce those commitments. As a former college scholarship athlete, I would hope that all coaches would respect each athlete's talent without exploiting that athlete and be dedicated to the educational mission of the university. As a board member, I would be alert to any departure from these standards.
I do not believe the university has been transparent enough in either the recent arrangements for the Illitch School of Business or in the mounting administrative costs and redundancies. More transparency and debate is essential in order to prevent unnecessary tuition increases and compromising corporate decisions.
As elected public officials, the university boards should be required to have open meetings, especially when it comes to considerations for tuition increases, degree programs, and building contracts. These are all public matters that have ultimate repercussions for students, faculty, and the citizens of Michigan.
Wayne State, in particular, needs to be accessible to working adults for continuing education and developing the skills for a 21st century work force. Dr. Jill Stein's proposal for a "Green New Deal" is key to that develpment.
The university has a responsibility to report these incidents to campus police for investigation. Campus police, in turn, need to be educated to treat victims of sexual assault with utmost sensitivity and respect. The vicitim should never be shamed or allegations marginalized. Proper investigation needs to occur to determine the level of the crime and whether prosecution is warranted.
First of all, the university has a responsibility to establish an environment where women and GLBTQ community are treated with respect. Then, if an incident of sexual assault occurs, the victim of that sexual assault must be acknowledged as such. Wayne State has an excellent Center for Peace and Conflict Studies which can help educate students, faculty, and staff on the issue of sexual assault. Programs in accompaniment for evening classes could be instituted to minimize the possibility of any occurrences of sexual assault at night.
Although WSU has suffered the greatest loss in state appropriations (17% in the last five years), administrative costs, losses at the Medical School, and building expansion have unnecessarily driven up the cost of education at WSU. According to a recent report by the Michigan League for Public Policy, WSU has the third highest change in tuition rates in the state at 152% since 2003. Lacking either state or federal support, WSU should cut administrative costs, eliminate high-paid redundancies (11 Associate Deans in the Medical School make a total of three million dollars in salary), and stop building expansions in order to generate tuition scholarships for the neediest students.
WSU has an incredibly diverse student body. However, when it comes to graduation rates, that diversity is narrowed, especially for African-Americans. Some graduate programs and professional schools need to do a better job or recruitment and retention of African-Americans.
Wayne State has been notorious for it's inability to retain students, especially African-Americans. Although there are some limited efforts being made to help at-risk students, not enough in the way of resources are being committed to retention. Additional counseling and peer-mentoring should be encouraged. WSU also needs to hire more African-American faculty who would serve as "role-models" for the at-risk African-American freshman. Finally, tuition has to be lowered or eliminated for the neediest students to prevent job responsibilities from eroding academic ones.
I taught in a premier "open admissions" degree-granting program for working adults at Wayne State. In a short-sighted decision in 2007 the WSU Board of Governors voted 6-2 to accept the Administration's proposal to terminate the department and degrees. The working adults in this program were more rooted in Michigan with jobs, careers, and family than traditional undergrads. Therefore, Wayne State should re-institute such programs and the state of Michigan should provide financial support that would supplement whatever company subsidies are available. All public universities should provide service opportunities which connect students to various non-profit organizations.
During my last two decades of teaching at Wayne State, I developed and taught on-line classes. However, those classes were capped at 30-35 students with at least two face-to-face sessions required. Before I would feel comfortable with making such courses available for free or on inexpensive digital platforms, I would want to have certain concerns about intellectual property rights clarified. Moreover, although many courses are now available as MOOGs, etc., there is a danger that without some solid and continuous interaction with the instructor of record, students will lose an important component of the educational experience.
Yes, especially because both Dr. Jill Stein and I call for forgiving all student loan debt.
Vietnam War draft resister, conviction overturned by US Supreme Court, 1967-69 Vietnam War protest, fine and probation, 1972 Protest at Williams International (maker of Cruise Missile Engines), Walled Lake, MI, fine and probation, 1983-84
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