'Wheel of Fortune' host Pat Sajak named chairman of Michigan's Hillsdale College

Credit: Ethan Miller

Credit: Ethan Miller

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak will be the chairman of the board of trustees at a Michigan college.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Hillsdale College, an independent, coed liberal arts college in Hillsdale, Michigan, announced the news in a Facebook post Saturday.

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The news comes as William Broadbeck, the current chair, steps down. Sajak is currently the vice chairman of the board of trustees.

"Pat is a brilliant mind. He brings a sound knowledge of the school," Brodbeck said in a statement Thursday. "He can dramatically move Hillsdale forward, both on campus and around the country."

Sajak served as vice chair on the board for 15 years, despite not having a degree at Hilldale. He attended Columbia College Chicago, a private, nonprofit college specializing in creative arts and media.

Broadbeck simply said he is stepping down because it is time to do so.

“I don’t want to be in the way,” he said. “It’s time for me to go and let Pat have this opportunity and I can do it knowing he will fulfill his duty well.”

Sajak said the chairman honor is one that is “at the top of my list.”

“Pat is a man of calm and steady judgment, possessed also of a wicked wit,”  Hillsdale College President Larry P. Arnn said in a statement. “He is a man of selfless service, famous and yet not interested in celebrity, hilarious and yet serious. He knows the purposes of the college and is devoted to them.”

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