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President’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues

Michigan State University's commitment to institutional accessibility and diversity, and to the principle that all people matter, guides ongoing efforts to make the university community one that welcomes the contributions of all its members, including persons with disabilities.

The President's Advisory Committee on Disability Issues was established in 1987 to ensure broad institutional input on matters relating to persons with disabilities of all characteristics at MSU. According to its bylaws, the committee is responsible for advising the president on university policies, programs, and procedures affecting persons with disabilities in the university community.

Voting Members:

  • Janice Schwartz, Non-Tenured Faculty (Chair)
  • Julia Christensen, Students-at-Large (Vice-Chair)
  • Sheila Bryant, Tenured Faculty
  • Andrei Simonov, Tenured Faculty
  • Cynthia Okolo, Tenured Faculty
  • Michael Everett, Specialist/Librarian
  • Tracy Rich, Support Staff
  • Kara Yermak, Support Staff
  • Gloria Ellerhorst, Support Staff
  • Samuel Terzich, ASMSU
  • Andrew J. Nitchman, Students-at-Large
  • Griffin Goble, Students-at-Large
  • Piotr Pasik, COGS

Non-Voting Members (Ex-Officio)

  • Jessica Norris, Institutional Equity, ADA Coordinator
  • Paulette Granberry Russell, Sr. Advisor to the President for Diversity
  • Kathie Elliott, Human Resources
  • Greg Ianni, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Diane Barker, Residential and Hospitality Services
  • Lynda Boomer, IPF, Engineering Services
  • Vacancy, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services
  • Michael Hudson, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • John Pedraza, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • Barbara Kranz, Facilities Planning & Space Management
  • Vacancy, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

PACDI Bylaws

The President's Advisory Committee on Disability Issues bylaws detail the committee's purpose and charge.

Read the PACDI bylaws.