Gov. Snyder appoints three new BOT members


Courtesy of Oakland University

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tonya Allen of Troy, Robert Schostak of Bloomfield Hills and Marianne Fey of Birmingham and as the Oakland University Board of Trustees.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced three new appointments to the Oakland University Board of Trustees on Friday, Sept. 23.

Tonya Allen of Troy, Robert Schostak of Bloomfield Hills and Marianne Fey of Birmingham will be joining the eight-member board.

“These individuals bring many years of experience to this board and I am confident they will do outstanding work to ensure the success of Oakland University,” Snyder said in a press release.

According to Director of Media Relations Brian Bierley, this is the first time that OU’s Board of Trustees will include three women at the same time. Allen and Fey will be joining Melissa Stolicker, who was appointed to the board in 2014.

“I think [the new appointees] are going to change the conversation at the board level because they’re bringing expertise that is new,” President George Hynd said.

Tonya Allen

Allen, who is replacing Trustee Richard Flynn, is president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation, which is an organization aimed at improved the lives and futures of children in Detroit. She is also founder and former executive director of the Detroit Parent Network.

Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and African and African-American studies. She also holds two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, one in non-profit administration and another in health behavior and health education.

She will serve an eight-year term expiring Aug. 11, 2024.

Robert Schostak

Schostak, an OU alumnus, will replace Trustee Michael Kramer. He is founder of multidisciplinary consulting firm Templar Baker Group, LLC, and co-CEO of Schostak Brothers & Company.

He serves on the American Heart Association Board, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Board of Governors and the Detroit Board of Realtors.

Schostak is former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies with concentrations in economics and communication from OU.

Schostak previously served on the board after taking on the remainder of Scott Kunselman’s term in 2015. He will now be serving an eight-year term expiring Aug. 11, 2024.

Marianne Fey

Fey is a senior director with DWH, a business consulting firm in Detroit. She has also worked as an entrepreneurial coach and venture accelerator for Tech Town Detroit and the executive vice president and group managing director for McCann Erickson.

She serves on the boards for Invest Michigan and Inforum Center for Leadership, and previously served as a trustee of Detroit Public Television.

Fey holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from OU. She also has master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University.

Fey will be taking over the remainder of the partial term that Schostak was finishing out for Kunselman, which expires Aug. 11, 2020.

The next OU Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Elliott Hall Auditorium.