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Governor appoints business leader, radiologist to CMU Board


Contact: Heather Smith

​​Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Joseph (Joe) Anderson Jr., of Bloomfield Hills, and Dr. Michael Sandler, of West Bloomfield, to the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees.

Anderson is majority owner, chairman and chief executive officer of TAG Holdings LLC​ in Wixom, which provides manufacturing and supply chain management services to the aerospace, automotive, defense, construction and other industries.

He serves on the boards of Quaker Chemical, Meritor and Rite Aid and has a bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he later was an assistant professor of social science. He has a master's degree from the University of California and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program.

Anderson was an infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and served two tours of duty with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam, earning two silver stars, five bronze stars, three Army Commendation Medals and 11 Air Medals.

Anderson was a commencement speaker at CMU in 2013 and received an honorary doctor of commercial science degree. He replaces Sarah Opperman, who completed her eight-year term in December. In 2015, Crain's Detroit Business noted him among the 100 most connected business leaders in metro Detroit.

Sandler is president of MAS Strategic Consulting LLC and was previously a strategic initiatives specialist and diagnostic radiologist for the Henry Ford Health System, where he was one of the first to practice ultrasound in Michigan. While there, he was a practitioner and teacher in the diagnostic radiology department, and once was named teacher of the year. He also served as vice chair of the department and twice was interim chair.

Sandler is a board member of the Michigan Radiological Society, Michigan Doctors Political Action Committee and American Medical Political Action Committee Capital Club. He attended the University of Michigan and has a medical degree from the Wayne State University College of Medicine.

Sandler was awarded fellowships in the American College of Radiology, the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He is the author or co-author of 60 papers and 22 exhibits.

He replaces John Hurd, whose term also expired in December.

"I am delighted to welcome Mr. Anderson and Dr. Sandler to the CMU community," President George E. Ross said. "Their business and medical expertise align well with some of CMU's leading, high-demand programs. I look forward to tapping their expertise as we shape the future of Central Michigan University for the benefit of students, communities, businesses and the state itself."

The new trustees will serve through Dec. 31, 2024, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.​

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