Regents Roundup - February 2021

February 21, 2021

Chancellor Domenico Grasso shared UM-Dearborn's limited return-to-campus plan, new appointments, major gifts and more at the Feb. 18 meeting.

At the Feb. 18 U-M Board of Regents meeting, Chancellor Domenico Grasso provided a progress report on the campus’s limited return to campus plan for the winter semester, shared news of Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Bryan Dadey joining the leadership team, acknowledged and thanked Michigan Medicine for including the UM-Dearborn community in the vaccination plans and shared news of recent College of Business and College of Engineering and Computer Science rankings

These UM-Dearborn items were covered at the February 18 U-M Board of Regents meeting. At the meeting, the following personnel actions were approved:

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

Armen Zakarian, vice provost for research, effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022 (also chair, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, with tenure, CECS).

Other personnel transactions for regular instructional staff and selected academic and administrative staff

Bryan C. Dadey, vice chancellor for business affairs, Office of Business Affairs, effective February 1, 2021 through January 31, 2024.

Committee Appointments

Citizens Advisory Committee

David B. Kurzmann, retroactive, reappointment, four-year term, January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2025. 

Timothy R. Meyer, reappointment, four-year term, March 1, 2021 through February 28, 2025.

Gifts of $10,000 or more


American Heart Association Inc., $19,067 in support of CECS research.

Foren Family Foundation, $20,000 in support of the Foren Family Student Project Fund

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

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

Mary Ann P. Zawada, $19,000 in support of the Helen Zawada-Bronisz Book Fund


Ansys, Inc., $20,000 in support of research by CECS Professor Casquero Penelas

James R. Baughman and Irene Carli-Baughman, $30,000 in support of the James and Irene Baughman Scholarship

Haresh and Alpa Bhungalia, $10,000 in support of the Bhungalia Family Scholarship

James and Karen A. Brailean, $150,000 in support of the Engineering Lab Building Renovation Fund

Catherine A. Davy, $10,000 to support the Talent Gateway

Hani I. Fakhouri and Aleya Rouchdy, $40,000 in support of the Hani Fakhouri and Aleya Rouchdy Scholarship

Ford Motor Company Fund, $25,000 in support of the Office of Metropolitan Impact

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

MAHLE Technology, Inc., $50,000 in support of the Engineering Lab Building Renovation Fund

Vaman and Ratna Naik, $10,000 to support the Vaman and Ratna Naik Endowed Scholarship

Walter and May Reuther Memorial Fund, $10,000 to support the Center for Labor and Community Studies

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


Anonymous Donor, $15,000 to support the UM-Dearborn Ottawa/Canada Internship Program Endowment and the Engineering Lab Building Renovation Fund

Anonymous Donor, $10,000 to support of baseball

Breakthroughs for Humanity Inc., $75,000 to support the support of thermal spray research

Bryan A. Becker and Colleen J. Burcar, $10,000 to support the COB Dean's Strategic Initiative Fund and the Richard E. Czarnecki Endowed Scholarship Fund

DTE Energy, $10,500 to support of facilities through the DTE Schools Strategic Energy Program

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

Helga Postell Estate, $257,523 to support the Environmental Study Area Endowment Fund

Nancy D. Richter, $33,000 to support the Nancy D. Richter Scholarship for Nontraditional Business Students

Lelahni Wessinger, $15,000 to support the John L. Wessinger Internship Scholarship

A complete overview of the Regents’ meeting can be found here.

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