Governor rescinding university appointment after question

Jan 11, 2018

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is rescinding the appointment of a judge to the board of trustees of Lake Superior State University following a newspaper's question about the appointment process. 

Judge Beth Gibson

Snyder on Friday announced that 92nd District Court Judge Beth Gibson of Newberry would serve an eight-year term on the board of the Sault Ste. Marie school.

The Detroit Free Press reports it asked the governor's office Tuesday about whether Gibson's appointment violated the separation of powers clause of the Michigan Constitution after getting a tip from an attorney. Universities are part of the executive branch and judges are part of the judicial branch.

Snyder spokeswoman Anna Heaton told the newspaper about an hour later that there was "a mistake made in the appointments process" and an "appropriate replacement" will be found.