Kathleen M. Wilbur
Kathy is responsible for working with the Michigan Legislature to improve annual state higher education funding for CMU. Kathy also:
- identifies other areas of the budget able to provide funds to specific CMU programs.
- tracks various pieces of legislation that could have an impact on CMU programs,
- works as a liaison to introduce the president, vice presidents, deans and other CMU personnel to Lansing policy makers, and
- invites legislators and members of administration to the Mount Pleasant campus so that policy makers better understand the university’s mission and vision.
In January 2011, Kathy accepted the position as CMU's Vice President for Development and External Relations where she oversees the departments of Development, Alumni Relations, Government Relations and Public Broadcasting. Kathy first joined CMU in July 2002 as its Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs. Prior to joining the CMU team, Kathy served in Lansing as the director of three different state departments: the Department of Licensing and Regulation, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Consumer and Industry Services. Before joining state government, Kathy worked in the Michigan State Senate as Chief of Staff to a state senator who was the chair of the higher education appropriations subcommittee. She was elected and served on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees from 1985–1991. In 2007, Vice President Wilbur was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.
Toby works with the Michigan Congressional Delegation on a daily basis in an effort to raise the profile of CMU in Washington, D.C. He has accompanied numerous faculty to Washington in an effort to increase federal support for various CMU programs. He has also brought several federal officials to the CMU campus in an effort to inform and educate them about CMU’s mission and research efforts.
Toby joined the CMU team in 2001 and initially worked on state appropriation issues, and federal research funding initiatives for CMU in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to Mt. Pleasant, Toby was the Executive Vice President for a Washington, D.C. trade association. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation as a special assistant to the Secretary of Transportation, and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman George Wortly.
Heather joined the CMU Government Relations staff in the fall of 2010. She coordinates Government Relations activities in the Lansing office. Heather has a bachelor of fine arts from MSU.