Kathleen Wilbur (1953- ) was the thirteenth president to serve at Central (2009-10). President Wilbur earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism (1975) and a master’s degree (2012) from Michigan State University. Before accepting the position of President at CMU, she worked in politics and in Michigan State government, including as director of three State departments. She served as a trustee of Michigan State University (1985-91) and came to Central in 2002 as the Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs (2002-2009).
President Wilbur accepted the position on an interim basis in 2009. During her tenure, she made efforts to communicate directly with students on University matters and also dealt with steep budget cuts due to dwindling state appropriations. In 2010, President Wilbur returned to her position in CMU administration and in 2011 she was appointed to the position of Vice President for Development and External Affairs.