Clifford W. Taylor

Clifford W. Taylor, former chief justice of the Michigan State Supreme Court, assumed the role of chairman of the Center’s Board of Directors effective Jan. 1.

Taylor, a former U.S. Navy officer, served on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1997 to 2008 and was on the Michigan Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1997. He joined the Mackinac Center’s Board of Directors in May of 2012.

At the time, Taylor said he was looking forward to serving on the board due to the potential of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation.

“Having a public interest law firm at the Mackinac Center increases its effectiveness, and I will provide whatever insight and guidance I can when needed,” he said.

Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman at the time stated that “Cliff’s legal and judicial experience will better enable us to defend the people against government overreach.”

About his selection as chair, Taylor said “The Mackinac Center for the last quarter century has been at the forefront in promoting free-market policies and fighting against government overreach. I look forward to helping strengthen those tools as the Center begins its next 25 years of service to the people of Michigan.”

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Julie Meyer

Julie Meyer, meanwhile, joined the Center last October as database manager.

Meyer, a native Midlander, got her first taste of free-market principles in 1986 while working as a co-op at Northwood University. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in family economics and management, then joined Northwood full-time in the advancement department.

“After years of assisting to educate the youth of America, I saw there was an importance to assist in the education of all ages,” Meyer said. “Northwood students who would help the Center during events or seminars always came back with a positive outlook about the future, and I wanted to be part of that.”

As database manager, Meyer helps the Center keep internal information well organized and up to date, readily available for a variety of uses including fundraising, mailings and other outreach.

“People continually make decisions based on one or two pieces of information and take that as the end all and be all,” she said. “The Center strives to provide more information to help people make better informed decisions.”