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  U-M-Dearborn commencement
Airport director, head of Urban League to speak

N. Charles Anderson, chief executive officer of the Detroit Urban League, and Lester Robinson, CEO of the Wayne County Metropolitan Airport, will be commencement speakers at U-M-Dearborn Dec. 19.

Anderson will speak at an afternoon ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and School of Education. Robinson will speak at the morning ceremony for graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and School of Management.

Anderson served as president and CEO of the Detroit Urban League from 1987-94, and returned to that position in January 1997. He is responsible for the vision, leadership and direction of the organization, which is one of 110 affiliates of the New York-based National Urban League.

"Under the long-term progressive and dynamic leadership of N. Charles Anderson, the Detroit Urban League has led efforts throughout the community to enable African Americans and other persons of color to achieve their fullest human potential," says U-M-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little. "The Detroit Urban League has long been one of Detroit's premiere human and civil rights organizations, and Charles Anderson has been one of its strongest leaders."

Anderson also served as executive director of the City of Detroit's Department of Human Services as an appointee of Mayor Dennis W. Archer from 1994-97.

Robinson was named CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority in December 2002 after serving as Wayne County's director of airports since April 2000. In the past few years, the airport has completed its sixth runway, opened the new Northwest terminal and started expanding two concourses. The improvements are continuing as Robinson directs a $400 million overhaul of the north terminal.

"Under the leadership of Lester W. Robinson, Detroit's Metropolitan Airport has expanded its capacity, renovated facilities and climbed from having one of the worst reputations for airports in the country to being ranked second among large U.S. airports in a customer satisfaction survey," Little says.

Robinson also has presided over a local bank, First Independence Corp. In addition to his responsibilities at the airport authority, Robinson has held several leadership positions in Wayne County government.

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