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Ron Kitchens Steps Down From WMU Board

A head and shoulders photo of a man with dark hair, glasses and a tie, who is smiling and sitting behind a microphone. A colorful banner for WMUK is in the background.
Earlene McMichael

A Western Michigan University Trustee whostayed on the Boardafter moving out of state is leaving it after all.

Ron Kitchens left Michigan about half a year ago to take a job in Alabama. He’s the former head of the economic development agency Southwest Michigan First.

In a statement today, the University thanked Kitchens for his service to Western, and said Governor Gretchen Whitmer would appoint his replacement.

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. She covered those topics and more in eight years of reporting for the Station, before becoming news director in 2022.
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