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AARP Michigan: New President Hailed for Uniting People

June 24, 2016

Eric Schneidewind was recently named President of the Board of Directors of AARP; he was interviewed by Melissa Preddy for this AARP Michigan article published June 1, 2016.

A uniter, not a divider. That’s the word around Michigan about AARP’s new president, Eric Schneidewind, who succeeds outgoing president Jeannine English this month.

Amid a divisive political and social climate, longtime associates expect that Schneidewind, 71, will take the national reins with a steady hand and quiet talent for breaking gridlock and getting things done.

“He brings people together,” said Mary Ablan, executive director since 1985 of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan. She’s encountered Schneidewind over the years in his various roles, from chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission to president of AARP Michigan from 2006 to 2012.

“I’ve always been impressed with his analytical prowess,” said Ablan. “He understands very complex issues and always seemed to find an elegant solution.”

A graduate of the University of Michigan law school—“I’m really liking Jim Harbaugh as coach of the Wolverines,” he said—Schneidewind has done stints as a deputy state insurance bureau director and as an attorney for the state housing authority. His résumé also reflects decades as an attorney for clients in the energy sector. And as an AARP board member, he’s been active in seeking solutions to stabilize the Social Security system.

Read the article in its entirety: New President Hailed for Uniting People

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