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Enviro-Mich message from "Jack, Rita" <ritaj@umflint.edu>

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Subject: GLIN==> Harrison named acting director of the Michigan Office
of the Great Lakes

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

May 31, 2001
Governor Names Harrison as Acting Director of Office of the Great Lakes

Governor John Engler today announced the appointment of Keith G. Harrison as
acting director of the Office of the Great Lakes, effective immediately.
Harrison replaces G. Tracy Mehan, who was nominated by President Bush as
Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection

The Office of the Great Lakes oversees protection and management of the
Great Lakes by coordinating Michigan programs and policies and by
cooperating with other states and the U.S. and Canadian federal governments
regional, national and international programs and policies. The office also
serves as a source of new ideas, policies and programs.

"Keith Harrison's extensive background in environmental issues makes him
well qualified to serve as acting director of the Cabinet-level Office of
the Great Lakes," Governor Engler said. "I look forward to working with him
on protecting Michigan's Great Lakes."

Harrison, of Holt, will continue to serve as director of the Office of
Special Environmental Projects for the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality (DEQ), where he oversees the environmental cleanup of all
state-owned land and coordinates the annual production of the DEQ
Environmental Quality report. He also serves as the executive director of
the independent autonomous Michigan Environmental Science Board, to which he
was appointed by the Governor in 1992. Harrison also is a consultant to the
Ecological Processes and Effects Committee under the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board.

Harrison earned a bachelor of science degree in fisheries and wildlife
biology from Michigan State University in 1972 and a masters of arts degree
in biology (ecology) in 1974 from Western Michigan University. Since 1978,
he has been a licensed as a registered sanitarian and registered
environmental health specialist. In addition, he has been a certified
ecologist since 1981. Harrison's research and work has been published in
over 90 governmental and non-governmental publications, addressing a wide
variety of environmental, environmental health, natural history and natural
resources management topics.

Full text of this release is online at

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