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John Engler
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President of Michigan State University
Interim
Assumed office
January 31, 2018
Preceded by Bill Beekman (acting)
46th Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 1991 – January 1, 2003
Lieutenant
  • Connie Binsfeld
  • Dick Posthumus
Preceded by Jim Blanchard
Succeeded by Jennifer Granholm
Personal details
Born
John Mathias Engler

October 12, 1948 (1948-10-12) (age 73)
Mount Pleasant, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
  • Colleen House
    (m. 1975; div. 1986)
  • Michelle DeMunbrun (m. 1990)
Children 3
Education

John Mathias Engler (born October 12, 1948) is an American businessman, lobbyist, former politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the 46th Governor of Michigan from 1991 to 2003. He later worked for Business Roundtable, where The Hill called him one of the country's top lobbyists. In January 2018, Engler was appointed the interim president of Michigan State University.

Engler has spent most of his adult life in government. He was serving in the Michigan Senate when he enrolled at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree, having served as a Michigan State senator since 1979. He was elected Senate majority leader in 1984 and served there until being elected governor in 1990.

Engler served on the board of advisors of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, an educational organization that continues the intellectual legacy of noted conservative and Michigan native Russell Kirk. Engler also served on the board of trustees of the Marguerite Eyer Wilbur Foundation, which funds many Kirk Center programs. Engler was a member of the Annie E. Casey Foundation board of trustees until 2014. As of 2018, he serves on the board of directors of Universal Forest Products. Previous board service included serving as a director of Dow Jones and Delta Air Lines and as a trustee of Munder Funds. In 2013, Engler joined the advisory board of Blackford Capital's Michigan Prosperity Fund as chairman.

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