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Paul Hillegonds, trustee, The Kresge Foundation

Paul Hillegonds

Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund; Chairman, Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Paul Hillegonds is the CEO of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, which was created by state legislation to advance the health and wellness of Michiganders, particularly the state’s seniors, children and low income residents.

He joined The Kresge Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2004. That same year, he retired from DTE Energy as senior vice president of corporate affairs. He was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1979 to 1996 and held several leadership posts, including co-speaker of the House.

Hillegonds is also chairman of the board of directors for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, a law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School and honorary degrees from Central Michigan, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Wayne State and Western Michigan universities.

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