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Lakeland welcomes three to Board of Trustees

Lakeland welcomes three to Board of Trustees


Lakeland welcomes three to Board of Trustees

Lakeland University has named three new members to its board of trustees, including two Lakeland graduates.

The new members are:

  • Brian Badura, director, current events and executive communications for Indeed.
  • Benjamin Duke, president of Polaris Marine.
  • Paul V. Griffin, associate manager of outreach and training at the Sheboygan Falls, Wis., MilliporeSigma campus.

Lakeland President Beth Borgen said, “These new board members have hit the ground running and are already contributing to strategic conversations. We are eager to bring their collective industry expertise to support Lakeland’s expansion of Cooperative Education and strategic partnerships in alignment with employer needs.”

Badura, who received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Lakeland, previously served as director, corporate communications for OWL Services and as director, global public relations and business development at Seabourn, the ultra-luxury cruise brand within Carnival Corporation.

He also served as a public affairs officer in the United States Navy for more than 20 years, holding leadership positions around the world supporting executive-level leaders at medical, operational and major fleet headquarters and commands located in Norfolk, Va.; Kabul, Afghanistan; Naples, Italy; Washington DC; and Bangor, Wash. before retiring at the rank of Commander. He also has experience in business-to-business wholesale sales and commercial plumbing/construction.

A native of the Milwaukee area, Badura and his family reside in Brookfield, Wis. He also holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Oklahoma.

Duke is a two-time Lakeland graduate, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master of business administration. He is a senior executive with extensive global experience in sales, marketing, operations and change management, who previously served as general manager of Polaris’ Godfrey & Hurricane Boats.

He spent more than five years with Briggs & Stratton serving as president and vice president of job site and standby group, vice president of marketing and sales and VP of marketing-products. Prior to that he spent nearly six years with Mercury Marine including serving as vice president of marketing.

He has been consistently recognized for the ability to create world-class teams that drive profitable growth in a variety of challenging market segments through innovative sales and marketing programs with customer-centric focus. He has provided sound strategic vision across functional disciplines to deliver sales performance and continuous improvement.

Griffin has worked in manufacturing for 24 years, with experience in plastics, consumer goods, food, pharmaceutical and chemical operations. He has focused the past 18 years in workforce and organizational development, currently overseeing academic and community outreach, local branding, recruitment, onboarding, on-the-job training, leadership development and succession planning.

Notable work includes manufacturing expansion workforce development projects ranging from $10 million to $70 million within Sheboygan County. Currently, Griffin oversees the workforce development training program for a $167 million U.S. government award to expand membrane flow capabilities at the MilliporeSigma Sheboygan Falls site. Additionally, he was part of the core leadership team to develop the $4.3 million Red Raider Manufacturing program in Sheboygan.

Griffin, who lives in Sheboygan with his wife and two boys, is a soccer coach, a United Way Community Action Plan committee member and sits on the board of directors for the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. He has a bachelor’s in advertising, journalism and media studies and a master’s in HR & workforce development from UW-Milwaukee.

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