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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;


Michigan Municipal League President Named to International Town and Gown Board

Linden Mayor David Lossing to Take Michigan Town-Gown Work National


Clemson, SC – July 30, 2013 – The President of the Michigan Municipal League (MML) has been named to the board of directors for the International Town and Gown Association. Linden Mayor David Lossing, MML board president, is among the newly elected ITGA board of directors.

“I’m looking forward to expanding upon the work we’ve done in Michigan for the past year and linking state municipal leagues with their post-secondary partners to advance a rich, comprehensive dialogue between the two,” Lossing said. “Especially in Michigan, I encourage our post-secondary institutions and the city’s that they call home to become involved in the Association.”

The ITGA board will focus on the organization serving as the primary resource point for common issues between institutions of higher learning and the communities in which they reside.

According to ITGA President Jim Fitzgerald, the board’s variety of backgrounds and expertise is key in addressing the range of issues facing town and gown communities and the educational entities that reside there.

“The ITGA offers a global link in the world of education and community life, bringing together practitioners from varying fields to address immediate issues and explore future opportunities. We are excited about the blend of professionals from colleges, universities and cities throughout the U.S. and Canada who were recently renewed and elected as our board of directors,” said Fitzgerald.

2013-2015 ITGA Board of Directors and their respective affiliations:

• Central Region: City of Boulder (CO) University Liaison Jennifer Korbelik • Mississippi Valley Region: City of West Lafayette (IN) Director of Development Chandler Poole
• Northeast Region: University at Buffalo (NY) Director of Off-Campus Student Services Dan Ryan
• Southeast Region: Eastern Kentucky University (KY) Associate Vice President for Public Relations Marc Whitt
• West Region: California Polytechnic State University (CA) Chief of Staff Betsy Kinsley
• International Board Member: City of Waterloo, Canada Community Relations Manager Kaye Crawford
• At Large #1: Colorado State University and City of Fort Collins (CO) Community Liaison Emily Allen
• At Large #2: University of Michigan-Flint (MI) Director for Governmental Relations, Michigan Municipal League President, and Linden Mayor David Lossing
• At Large #3: Michigan State University (MI) Director of Community Relations Ginny Haas

As president of the Michigan Municipal League, Lossing has focused on Town-Gown relations between the state’s post-secondary institutions and their communities. The MML has created a blog, Town Gown Michigan, which highlights these relationships across the state on a monthly basis. The July/August 2013 edition of The Review, the bi-monthly magazine of the MML, focuses specifically on town-gown relationships and the impact they are having in three communities: Alma, Big Rapids, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

According to ITGA President-Elect Pete Haga, among its many responsibilities, the ITGA board will work with the organization’s marketing committee to build membership among universities, colleges and cities worldwide.

“The variety of resources ITGA strives to provide requires an equally strong and varied team of professionals who can bring their individual expertise to the table for the collective good of our mission. I am enthused to work with our newly elected board to enhance the work ITGA does in town and gown communities around the globe,” Haga explained.

For questions or to arrange interviews, contact ITGA Program Director Beth Bagwell, MPA at (864) 624-1148;; and Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations, Michigan Municipal League, at (734)-669-6317;

About the ITGA: The ITGA provides a network of resources to assist civic leaders, university officials, public relations professionals, faculty, neighborhood residents, and students to collaborate on common services, programs, academic research and citizen issues, creating an improved quality of life for all residents, students, visitors, faculty and staff.

About the MML: Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.




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