Mark Eitrem, school leader of the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy in Lansing, won an iPod from Michigan Education Report in a drawing in April.

A native of Sault Ste Marie in the Upper Peninsula, Eitrem retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in June 2004 and began work immediately at the academy. In addition to completing military educational coursework, he holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Lake Superior State College, a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in public administration at Western Michigan University.

Eitrem’s name was chosen at random from the names of all readers who posted comments at the Michigan Education Report forum page in response to articles published in the Spring 2008 edition.