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GLIN==> Dennis L. Schornack assumes duties as U.S. Section chair

At a meeting of the International Joint Commission (IJC) in Washington, D.C.
today, Dennis L. Schornack formally assumed the responsibilities of Chair of
the IJC's U.S. Section after taking the oath of office to faithfully and
impartially perform the duties assigned under the Boundary Waters Treaty.

Mr. Schornack brings an extensive background in policy development and Great
Lakes issues to the IJC. He served as Michigan Governor John Engler's
Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives and, previously, as Director of
the Office of Health Care Reform and Policy Development. Mr. Schornack had
been on John Engler's staff since 1984 when he was Executive Assistant for
Legislative Affairs to the Senate Majority Leader.  Before moving to the
Senate with Mr. Engler, Mr. Schornack worked for over five years in the
House of Representatives as a Health Policy Analyst.  He began his career as
a Rehabilitation Counselor with the Greater Lansing Urban League in 1976.

During the early months of the Engler Administration, Mr. Schornack was
named Acting Director of the Michigan Department of Public Health and Acting
Administrator for Substance Abuse Services, positions he held until
full-time administrators could be appointed and confirmed.  From 1991-2002,
Mr. Schornack served as Michigan's Commissioner of Low-Level Radioactive
Waste, and as a Board Member of the regional Great Lakes Protection Fund.
The Great Lakes Protection Fund is an endowed environmental grant-making
fund established in 1989 by the eight Great Lakes states to support
innovative research. Through his leadership on the Great Lakes Protection
Fund, he has pioneered efforts by Great Lakes states to develop new
technologies to stem the introduction of alien invasive species to the Great
Lakes ecosystem and to restore natural hydrological flows in the basin.

Mr. Schornack graduated from Michigan State University in 1975 with Bachelor
of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and speech and hearing
science. He also earned an M.A. from Michigan State University in
rehabilitation counseling in 1976 and a Masters in Public Health from the
University of Michigan in 1979. In 1985, Mr. Schornack entered a unique
"on-job, on-campus" doctoral program at the University of Michigan in health
policy, which he attended for three years. During the summer of 1993, he was
selected to attend the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Program for
Senior Executives in State and Local Government, at Harvard University.

The International Joint Commission is an international organization,
established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, to help the United States
and Canada prevent and resolve transboundary environmental issues. Mr.
Schornack succeeds Thomas L. Baldini, who served as Chair of the U.S.
Section from April 1994 through March 2002.

Frank Bevacqua
(202) 736-9024