Chancellor Daniel Little, Ph.D.
Daniel Little is the fifth and longest serving chancellor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, having led the campus since July 2000. He also serves as professor of philosophy at UM-Dearborn and as professor of sociology at UM-Ann Arbor.
Under his leadership the university stands at record enrollment, with just over 9,100 students. The campus’s undergraduate minority enrollment has increased to 26 percent, and the campus has built a welcoming and inclusive campus environment.
The campus’s first residential student option since the 1980s has opened and the campus has been transformed with many new buildings and major renovations to facilities.
Under Little’s guidance UM-Dearborn has developed into a strong metropolitan university, with a particular focus on metropolitan Detroit. UM-Dearborn has cultivated meaningful relationships between the university and its surrounding community in terms of scholarship, research and service, and faculty, students, and staff are involved in several hundred different community-based organizations.
Previous positions of academic leadership include service as vice president for academic affairs at Bucknell University (1996-2000) and as associate dean of the faculty at Colgate University (1993-96). He served as professor of philosophy at Colgate and Bucknell, with teaching experience as well at Wellesley College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Little received his A.B. in philosophy and B.S. in mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1971 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 1977. His research interests fall within the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences. He has presented research papers and seminars in numerous universities in Europe, China, and India.
During 1989-91 he held a Social Science Research Council/MacArthur Foundation fellowship in international peace and security, which he spent as Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
Chancellor Little is actively involved in metropolitan affairs in the Detroit region, with particular involvement in organizations supporting racial and religious equality and inter-group understanding. He serves on the boards of New Detroit, Detroit Public Television, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, the Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn Community Advisory Board, the City Year Detroit Board, the Detroit Zoological Society, the Michigan Campus Compact, the Council of Asian and Pacific Americans, and the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Michigan Association of United Ways. He is currently co-chair of the Detroit Drives Degrees Coalition in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.
UM-Dearborn has been recognized for campus efforts, led by Little, for its work in diversity, inclusion and equity from New Detroit, The Urban League of Detroit & Southeast Michigan and the Western Wayne County NAACP Branch. Little has received the Trailblazer Award from the Western Wayne County NAACP Branch and Michigan Campus Compact’s inaugural John DiBiaggio Beacon Award for Presidential Leadership for his commitment to innovation, inclusivity, commitment to engaged scholarship and community partnerships.