News Release

UDM Board of Trustees Name Four New Members

University of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees recently welcomed four new members: Brian Cloyd, Vice President of Global Community Relations, Steelcase, Inc.; Frank Davis, Executive Director, North American Engineering, Ford Motor Company; Michael E. Debs, Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, Kelly Services Inc. and Sr. Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Linehan, RSM, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Brian Cloyd is vice president of Global Community Relations for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry.  Formally the director of Corporate & Community Relations for Steelcase North America, he currently is responsible for coordinating Steelcase’s efforts in the areas of diversity, government relations and public policy, corporate relations, community giving and volunteer programs.

Cloyd received his bachelor's degree in History (’73) and a Master of Arts in Public Administration (’76) from the University of Detroit Mercy. Cloyd serves on several boards including the UDM Board of Advisors for the College of Liberal Arts & Education; the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology, Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, and the Workforce Development Council.  Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the editorial board for Diversity Executive magazine.

Frank Davis is executive director, North America Engineering for Ford Motor Company. He is responsible for driving consistency and efficiency in global engineering standards, policies and practices for product programs in North America. Prior to his current role, Davis has held various positions throughout the corporations in the U.S. and Europe.

A Detroit-area native, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Institute of Technology, and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit two years later. Davis’ leadership and product development understanding propelled him to be named an Automotive News “All-Star” for engineering in 2004.

Michael Debs is senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer for Kelly Services, Inc., a workforce solutions leader, headquartered in Troy, Michigan. He is responsible for overseeing Kelly’s finance systems and controls, all corporate accounting, financial reporting, and budgeting activities for Kelly globally, as well as financial operations for the Outsourcing and Consulting group. Debs joined Kelly in 2000 as vice president and corporate controller with more than 10 years of extensive financial and accounting experience.

Prior to joining Kelly, he was employed by Chrysler Corporation and Deloitte & Touche. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Sr. Betsy Linehan is a member of the Sister of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community.  For 15 years, she chaired the Philosophy Department at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Pa. and is currently an associates professor. A native of Washington, D.C., she earned a B.A. in English from Mount Saint Agnes College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University.

Linehan received the Deo Gratias Award from Dignity/Philadelphia, a not for profit and serves on the boards of St. Joseph’s Health System (Atlanta, Ga); St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services; Saint Xavier University (Chicago, Il); and is a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Program.

Release date: October 29, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 13th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges."