Former Education Leader Arthur Ellis Dies at 80

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Arthur Ellis, who had a long career in Michigan state government and higher education, has died at age 80.

Clark Family Funeral Chapel in Mount Pleasant says Ellis died of liver cancer Friday. He was a vice president at Central Michigan University before serving three times as president.

He retired from the Mount Pleasant campus in 1988 but later worked as head of the state Commerce Department and as Michigan school superintendent, under then-Gov. John Engler.

Engler considered Ellis to be his mentor and called him a "remarkable public servant."

Ellis and wife Sibyl were supporters of public art at CMU. A sculpture of an ancient stone woman was unveiled in his honor in 2007.

A memorial service is planned for Tuesday at Clark Family Funeral Chapel.

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