CMU Trustee Plawecki, Class of 1975, to receive public service award

Recognition honors extraordinary dedication to democracy

| Author: Kevin Essebaggers | Media Contact: Aaron Mills

The State Bar of Michigan announced Central Michigan University Trustee and alumnus Edward J. Plawecki, Jr. (’75) is a recipient of the 2024 Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award. The honor is awarded annually to state bar members who have served in public office in a way that significantly contributed to the nation, state and the recipient’s community, and to those who “demonstrate the highest standards of integrity, fairness, leadership, excellence, dedication to principle and dedication to the ideals of democracy.” 

Plawecki received his degree in Education with majors in Mathematics and History from CMU in 1975. He was appointed to the CMU Board of Trustees in October 2018 by then-Governor Rick Snyder to serve an eight-year term beginning in January 2019. Plawecki currently serves as General Counsel of and Director of Government Relations for UHY Advisors, a multi-disciplinary professional services and accounting firm. He also is an experienced arbitrator and was responsible for restructuring activities related to the City of Detroit during its Chapter 9 Bankruptcy proceeding.

In addition to his service on the CMU Board of Trustees, Plawecki’s other public service roles which garnered the Frank J. Kelley Award include serving as a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, Wayne County Commissioner, Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority Board Member and Deputy Mayor of Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

Chair of the CMU Board of Trustees Todd Regis said Plawecki has made a positive impact in the state through his decades of work.

“I have witnessed first-hand Ed’s strong commitment to serving others and his dedication to improving lives. He continues to carry on the Plawecki family legacy of service to Michigan,” Regis said. “Ed is truly deserving of this recognition for a lifetime of outstanding service that has lifted the many communities he has touched.”

Plawecki’s Trustee colleagues call it an honor to serve alongside him. 

“CMU has been extremely fortunate to have Ed. He has a brilliant legal mind. He brings to our board a unique skillset as a former Judge and restructuring expert,” said Trustee Todd Anson, who joined the Board in 2019 alongside Plawecki. “He draws on the same sophisticated finance and restructuring acumen he provided the City of Detroit. We love Ed.”

Plawecki is the third CMU alumnus to receive the Frank J. Kelley Award. Robert P. Griffin (’47) won the recognition in 2003, and Dennis P. Grenkowicz (’77) was an honoree in 2009. Additionally, Robert P. Young, Jr., who served on the CMU Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1995, was recognized with the award in 2018.

Plawecki will receive the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award during the State Bar of Michigan’s awards luncheon on September 19.

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