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DATE: April 13, 2005
UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little reappointed for another five year term
DEARBORN---University of Michigan-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little
has been appointed to another five-year term beginning July 1 by U-M President
Mary Sue Coleman, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Little has
served as chancellor since 2000.
In her announcement of the reappointment, Coleman said Little has done
much to enhance the University's academic program, physical plant and
reputation in the region and state.
"The future of UM-Dearborn is bright," Coleman wrote in a memo
to the campus. "You have entered an exciting and promising phase
in the life of UM-Dearborn; Chancellor Little is the right person at the
right time for the work that lies before you."
"This is an exciting and challenging time for UM-Dearborn, as we
work to strengthen and enhance our traditional role of serving the needs
of southeastern Michigan," Little said. "I am looking forward
to the next five years working with our faculty, staff, students, alumni
and other friends and supporters in the region to consolidate our efforts
and focus our energies on putting this campus's great resources-the excellence
of the education we provide and the power of our applied intellectual
resources-toward creating a more just, healthy, and prosperous southeastern
Coleman said that during Little's first five-year term enrollment has
increased on the Dearborn campus, a number of new courses and programs
have been established, and the campus fund-raising campaign has reached
more than half of its $35 million goal.
The campus population climbed nearly 10 percent measured by full-year
equated students from 2000-01 to 2003-04, with a headcount of more than
8,600 students enrolled this year. Under Little's leadership, the campus
has embraced a plan to increase enrollment by 35 percent during the next
"Your challenges are real," Coleman wrote. "The state
budget situation, as you know, continues to test the financial security
of public institutions. But the opportunity to launch UM-Dearborn on a
journey toward even greater excellence and distinction is equally real-and
Coleman praised Little for upgrading campus facilities, including construction
of the new College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Building and the Environmental
Interpretive Center; renovation of the University Center; and acquisition
of the Fairlane Center from Ford Motor Company.
Coleman also cited Little for increasing academic connections to the
region through projects such as the Southeast Michigan Greenways Project,
an effort to preserve undeveloped green areas and link urban communities
through hiking/biking trails; establishment of the Institute for Local
Government that helps citizens learn how to run for office and serve in
local government; and leadership in the Rouge Gateway Partnership, an
effort to redevelop and environmentally restore the lower Rouge corridor.
Prior to joining the University, Little served as vice president for
academic affairs and professor of philosophy at Bucknell University, and
he also was associate dean of the faculty at Colgate University.
He holds a bachelor of science in mathematics and a bachelor of arts
in philosophy, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
and a doctoral degree in philosophy from Harvard University.
Little's most recent book is "The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty:
Mapping the Ethical Dilemmas of Global Development," a discussion
of some of the normative issues raised by processes of economic development
in the developing world. His other books include "Microfoundations,
Method, and Causation: Essays in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences";
"Varieties of Social Explanation"; and "Understanding Peasant