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Cooley Law School names board members

March 30, 2015
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Cooley Law School names board members
Kenneth Miller. Courtesy WMU Cooley Law School

A judge and a businessman have been elected to the board of directors at the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Cooley Law School said this month that it has named Kenneth Miller, a Kalamazoo-based businessman, and Richard Suhrheinrich, a senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, to the school’s board for four-year terms.

Don LeDuc, president and dean at WMU Cooley Law School, said both Suhrheinrich and Miller have distinguished themselves in the legal profession, business and through community service.

“Our students will benefit from their decades of higher education leadership and their long association with our law school,” LeDuc said.


Miller is a principal with Havirco, a Kalamazoo-based investment management firm launched in 1983, and is also the owner and CEO of Millennium Restaurant Group in Kalamazoo.

Miller was recently re-elected to serve an eight-year term on the board of trustees at WMU by Gov. Rick Snyder, after being appointed by former Gov. John Engler to serve an initial term.

Miller has co-founded several companies: AvTech Laboratories, a pharmaceutical products testing laboratory based in Kalamazoo; TEAM Industries, a maker of polystyrene construction products located in Grand Rapids and Virginia; and Radio Associates Group, an owner of radio broadcast properties in Michigan, California and Nevada.

Miller is also part of several other leadership bodies: the WMU Haworth College of Business Advisory Council; director and chairman of the board of the Michigan Restaurant Association; and trustee of the Havirmill Foundation.

Miller earned a B.B.A. and M.B.A. from WMU and a J.D. from Cooley Law School.


Suhrheinrich was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals by former President George H.W. Bush in 1990.

Suhrheinrich has also served in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Previously, he practiced and taught law: establishing a Detroit-based law firm known as Kitch, Suhrheinrich, Smith, Aurbier and Drutchas and serving as senior partner; as former president of the Detroit College of Law/MSU College of Law Board of Trustees; and as an adjunct faculty member at Cooley Law School.

Suhrheinrich has also been involved with a variety of leadership bodies: Michigan Attorney Discipline board; State Bar Grievance Hearing Committee; Sparrow Hospital governing board; Brighton Hospital governing board; and Southwest Detroit Hospital board.

He holds a B.S. from Wayne State University, a J.D. cum laude from the Detroit College of Law and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia Law School.

He also holds LL.D. degrees from the Detroit College of Law and Michigan State University College of Law.

WMU Cooley Law School

WMU and Thomas M. Cooley Law School became affiliated in 2014, while continuing to operate independently with separate governing bodies and fiduciary responsibilities. 

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