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Regents Roundup - February 2020

February 24, 2020

At the Board of Regents February meeting, a new standing committee — The Dearborn and Flint Governance Committee — was announced. Get the latest from the U-M Board of Regents meeting.

The UM-Dearborn items below were covered at the Feb. 20 U-M Board of Regents  meeting.

The Board of Regents moved to establish a new standing committee to focus on the Dearborn and Flint campuses. The new committee was announced by Board of Regents Chair Ron Weiser. Weiser said Regent Michael J. Behm, a Flint-area resident, will chair the committee. The Dearborn and Flint Governance Committee will receive reports on the finances, strategies and priorities of the regional campuses. Behm said the committee would get periodic reports on such topics as student success, enrollment, human capital, research, compensation, diversity and budget priorities. The committee will meet regularly with the chancellors on the Dearborn and Flint campuses.

Chancellor Grasso shared the following UM-Dearborn updates with the Regents:
• UM-Dearborn’s participation with the DTE Energy Contest 
• CECS’s Department of Energy (ARPA) award to research electric power converters
• UM-Dearborn was named a “top producing institution” for Fulbright Scholars
• Anna Muller’s book, If the Walls Could Speak: Inside a Women’s Prison in Communist Poland, was the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America’s 2019 Oskar Halecki Award 

The following personnel actions were approved.

Joint or additional appointments or transfers of regular associate or full professors and selected academic and administrative staff.

Susan E. Alcock, professor of anthropology, with tenure, CASL, effective January 1, 2020 (also provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, UM-Dearborn, and professor of archaeology and classics, with tenure, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, UM-Ann Arbor).

Committee Appointments

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Executive Committee 

Hans J. Czap, retroactive, two-year term, September 1,2019 through August 31, 2021.

Citizens Advisory Committee

Ismael N. Ahmed, retroactive, new appointment, four-year term, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2023. 

Emily Kolinski Morris, retroactive, new appointment, four-year term, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2023.

New appointments of instructional staff represented by the Lecturers’ Employee Organization:

Courtney M. Hedeman, lecturer I, international affairs, January 1 – April 30, 2020

Elizabeth A.R. Sabourin, lecturer I, language, culture and communication, CASL, January 1 – April 30, 2020

Emeritus/a faculty appointments:

James W. Knight, associate professor emeritus of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, CECS, January 1 – April 30, 2020.

Retired faculty: 

Kirk L. Philipich, associate professor of accounting and finance, with tenure, COB, December 31, 2019.

Retirement memoirs:

Jeffrey J. Prentis, professor of physics, CASL, retired from active faculty status on August 31, 2019.

The follow gifts of $10,000 or more were included in the Regents’ report:

November

American Heart Association Inc
$18,718 in support of the Novel Nanodepots to Target Ischemic Stroke with Minimal Hemorrhagic Risk 

The Tryin’ Real Hard to be the Shepherd Fund
$25,000 in support of the Lebowski Achiever Scholarship

Anonymous
$120,000 in support of UM-Dearborn Support of Thermal Spray Research

Anthony and Cheryl Chapekis
$40,160 in support of the UM-Dearborn CASL Student "Get to Graduation" Fund

Foren Family Foundation
$19,750 in support of the UM-Dearborn CECS Electrical and Computer Engineering Support Fund

Mark Ritz and Lee Gorman
$10,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Engineering Lab Building Renovation Fund

December

Bhungalia Family, LLC
$10,000 in support of the Bhungalia Family Scholarship Fund

Edward and Nancy Elliott
$25,000 in support of the Dr. Ross Cowan Collegiate Professorship Fund

Gabriel's Trumpet Foundation
$10,000 in support of the Israelite House of David Student Experience Fund

Richard M. Haddrill
$20,000 in support of the Richard M. Haddrill Scholarship Fund

Kresge Foundation
$10,000 in support of the Stamelos Gallery Foundation Support Fund

Kris and Ruth Pfaehler
$12,500 in support of the UM-Dearborn COB Student “Get to Graduation” Fund

Michael and Vana Surmanian
$10,000 in support of the Michael and Vana Surmanian Family Scholarship

Abdullah Zubi Estate
$750,000 in support of the Abdullah A. Zubi Scholarship Fund

January

Anonymous
$10,000 in support of UM-Dearborn Baseball

Robert and Elizabeth Haar
$10,000 in support of the Rob and Liz Haar Scholarship Fund

Hitachi, Ltd.
$100,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Engineering Lab Building Renovation Fund

Instadeep
$10,000 in support of the Dearborn Artificial Intelligence Research (DAIR) lab

Eric and Paula Nemeth
$10,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Ottawa/Canada Internship Program Endowment

Skillman Foundation
$10,000 in support of the Ardisana-Rouke Endowed Scholarship

Sumitomo Corporation of America
$20,000 in support of the Dearborn Artificial Intelligence Research (DAIR) lab

GAA
$35,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Autonomous Shuttle Project (MDAS)

Regent Ronald Weiser and Mrs. Eileen Weiser
$60,000 in support of the Weiser Family Residential Scholarship

Lelahni Wessinger
$10,000 in support of the John L. Wessinger Internship Scholarship

Iris and Daniel Winey
$10,000 in support of the Daniel and Iris Winey Endowed Scholarship Fund

Ronald J. Woods Charitable Trust
$15,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA)

Additional information regarding the meeting can be found here

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