Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the appointment of Timothy Lukenda of Brimley to the Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees. He replaces Doug Bovin of Gladstone, who served on the board 2010-18.
The eight-person board is LSSU’s governing body.
“I thank these highly qualified individuals for serving the state of Michigan,” Snyder said. “I am confident the work they do on these boards and commissions will positively impact the state for years to come.”
Timothy Lukenda is president and CEO of Extendicare Inc. He previously served as a board member of the Health Care Association of Michigan and the American Healthcare Association. He also is past board chair of the Sault (Ont.) Area Hospital.
Lukenda holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame as well as a bachelor’s degree in laws and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Western Ontario.
He will serve an eight-year term expiring Jan. 27, 2026. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Michigan Senate.
LSSU President Rodney Hanley welcomed the governor’s latest appointments.
“Tim Lukenda has an extensive background and knowledge of Lake Superior State University combined with educational experiences on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border,” Hanley said. “This could provide significant insights into leveraging LSSU’s ‘One Rate’ tuition by growing our relationship with Soo College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario potentially increasing our international enrollment. His expertise in the health care industry and business achievements would mesh very well in supporting the vision we have for LSSU’s future.”
The Lukenda name is not new to LSSU. Timothy’s parents, Mae and Lou, and the rest of the family recognized the importance of LSSU’s South Hall Renovation Project and provided leadership support in its transformation into R.W. Considine Hall. The building, dedicated on April 21, 2017, is home to the Lukenda School of Business.