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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 Michigan."

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 decade.

"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 very inspiring."

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 China."





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