Chancellor's Office

Interim Provost Appointment


May 28, 2008

To the campus community,

I am very pleased to be able to announce that Prof. Donald J. Bord has agreed to serve a one-year term as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs beginning July 1, pending approval by the U-M Regents.

Don is a truly distinguished scholar who also has served the campus in a variety of senior administrative roles over the years. He is a professor of physics and astronomy in the Department of Natural Sciences, and has previously served the campus as interim dean of CASL and associate dean of CASL.  Don will provide strong leadership in the provost's office, and I am looking forward to working closely with him in the months ahead.

Before making this appointment, I talked with more than thirty members of the campus community, including faculty members, faculty senate leaders, deans and senior officers, and it is clear that Bord has earned profound respect and support among his colleagues for his leadership, research and service to the campus. I appreciate the very good counsel I received from all of these conversations -- thank you to everyone who offered their advice.  I also feel that I learned several important things about how we will want to proceed in the coming few years.

This process also served as ample evidence of the depth of talent and leadership potential we have on the campus, within the faculty and the academic administration.  There are a number of people on the campus who could have served in this capacity with skill, and this is a testament to the quality of our faculty and staff.

What is most important is that with this appointment we will be able to continue moving forward on the important initiatives that are under way across campus.  We have much to accomplish here, and this appointment means that we will have a smooth and seamless transition and strong continuity in academic affairs. The campus has a great deal of forward momentum, and I am confident that we will continue to make progress in these areas in the coming year.

In the weeks and months ahead, we will be thinking carefully about the process of identifying, selecting and recruiting our next provost in a timely and inclusive way.  We are confident that we will be able to attract and recruit a first-rate scholar and administrator to serve as provost on a permanent basis.  But at this point, I hope you will join me in expressing our support and gratitude to Don Bord as he takes on this challenging leadership role.


Daniel Little