The Board of Trustees of Oakland University in Rochester Hills has elected Robert “Bobby” Schostak chair, while trustee Joseph “Joe” Jones will be vice chair of the board.
The action took place at the board’s Aug. 12 meeting. Schostak moves up from his role as vice chair following news that prior board chair Tonya Allen stepped down to make a career move that will take her to Minnesota.
“Tonya Allen was a remarkable leader of our board and we are very fortunate that we have trustees like Bobby Schostak and Joe Jones to step into the leadership roles as we continue our march forward as the university of choice in Michigan,” says Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Oakland University.
“Trustee Schostak has shown excellent thought leadership during his time on the board, and Trustee Jones brings his own passion and commitment for OU to the role of vice chair that will serve us well.”
Schostak — president and CEO of the Templar Baker Group in Lansing, co-CEO of Schostak Brothers & Co. in Livonia, and a partner in MadDog Technologies in Birmingham — joined the OU Board of Trustees in 2015.
“As an OU alumnus it is a great honor and privilege to be selected as the next chair of the Board of Trustees and is especially an honor to serve in this leadership role with another alum Joe Jones as our vice chair,” says Schostak. “Oakland University has shaped both our lives and we want to be good stewards of this wonderful university for the students who are following in our footsteps.”
A product of Detroit’s east side, Jones is founder of The Hekima Group in Grand Rapids, co-chair of the Urban Core Collective, and a Grand Rapids city commissioner. He is past president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Urban League. He currently serves on the boards of Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Experience Grand Rapids, and Spectrum Health Hospital Group.
Jones also is an ordained clergy member, currently serving as assistant pastor with the Brown-Hutcherson Ministries in Grand Rapids.