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Alumna Linda Ward Appointed to State's Board of Cosmetology

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Ferris State University alumna and Big Rapids resident Linda Ward to the Michigan Board of Cosmetology.

The nine-member board advises and assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in oversight of the cosmetology profession in the state.

“These appointees bring years of experience to the board and I am confident they will do great work in these important roles,” Snyder said.

Ward is a cosmetology instructor with the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District at the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center. In this capacity, she develops and implements the cosmetology curriculum and maintains a 100-percent passing rate for the Michigan Cosmetology Licensing Exam. Previously, Ward owned We Care Hair, in Ishpeming, and was an instructor at the Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center. Ward holds a certificate in cosmetology from Branch Area Career Center, a bachelor’s degree in Trade, Technical and Teacher Education from Ferris, and is currently completing a master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education. She will represent cosmetologists and replaces Andrea Blankinship.

Also named to serve on the board is Scott Weaver, of Okemos. He will represent cosmetologists and replaces Edith Marshall.

Members serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state senate.