The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees has chosen new leadership for 2017.

At the January 24th meeting, Jeffrey Rinvelt of Ann Arbor was chosen Chairman and James Bolger of Whitehall was elected vice chairman, sliding into Rinvelt's previous role.
Rinvelt succeeds Kenneth Miller, who remains on the board. Rinvelt has a bachelor's degree in business administration from WMU in 1991, is the principal with Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, a Michigan-based fund that supports the growth of venture capital in the state, and is the largest privately funded organization of its kind in the United States. He was appointed to the WMU board in 2014 by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

james Bolger, new vice-chairman of Western Michigan University. Photo: Western Michigan University

Bolger, also appointed by Snyder in 2014, is a WMU alumnus who retired after a 26-year career with the Michigan State Police. He then spent a decade teaching at Grand Valley State University and served as interim director of GVSU's School of Criminal Justice.