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Board of Trustees Extend President's Contract, He Declines Compensation Increase

President David L. EislerBIG RAPIDS – The Ferris State University Board of Trustees extended President David L. Eisler’s contract for five years, through June 30, 2015, during the board’s regular meeting today (July 14). In doing so, the board offered Eisler a compensation increase of 2 percent, which the president respectfully declined.

“I am very grateful to the Board of Trustees for their confidence in me and the continued strategic growth of Ferris State University. In light of the very difficult economic situation in Michigan, and the financial challenges facing public institutions, I could not accept a salary increase at this time,” Eisler said. “I am truly honored to serve Ferris State University as president.”

This marks the eighth year of service by Dr. Eisler as president of the University, a post he assumed in July 2003.

“President Eisler is doing an excellent job for the University, leading Ferris during a very difficult economic period,” said Ferris Board of Trustees Chair R. Thomas Cook. “Enrollment and graduation rates are up at Ferris thanks to the president’s leadership, as well as the hard work of faculty, staff and student workers at the University. The board is pleased with Dave’s performance, which has helped Ferris become the fastest-growing university in the state.”

Also during the board’s meeting, the members renewed the appointments of two vice presidents: Daniel Burcham, vice president for Student Affairs, and Miles Postema, vice president and general counsel. Both appointments were renewed through June 30, 2013. In another personnel item at the vice presidential level, the board changed the title of David Pilgrim to vice president for Diversity and Inclusion.

“These contract renewals and title change reflect the faith and support that our Board of Trustees has in the administrative team here at Ferris State University,” Eisler said.