Regents update: Feb. 2019

2/25/2019

Administrative structure change, new doctoral program, gift announcements and more highlights from the Feb. 21 Board of Regents meeting.

The items below were approved at the Feb. 21, 2019, U-M Board of Regents meeting:

UM-Dearborn Administrative Structure Change
A new organizational structure at UM-Dearborn better aligns with the mission and objectives of the campus by positioning the enrollment management and student life units under the Office of the Provost for strategic and functional integration with academic affairs. The vice provost for research position has also been created to support and enhance the research and scholarship culture on campus and create a robust environment conducive to more active, engaged and consequential research. The position will oversee UM-Dearborn’s Office of Sponsored Programs. With this increased scope and additional reporting units effective January 1, 2020, the title of the provost will change to provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. 

Doctor of Engineering Program to be Offered at UM-Dearborn
The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at UM-Dearborn will begin offering the interdisciplinary Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng) degree program in automotive systems and mobility beginning fall 2019. The program, the first D.Eng program on campus, will serve the needs of working engineering professionals by focusing on engineering practice and application, problem solving skills and innovation to prepare graduates for technical leadership roles in today’s automotive and mobility industry.

Joint or additional appointments or transfers of regular associate or full professors and selected academic and administrative staff:
Brahim Medjahed, associate dean for academic programs and initiative, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, effective January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. 

Reappointments of regular instructional staff and selected academic and administrative staff:
Catherine A. Davy, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, also professor of English, women’s studies and gender studies, with tenure, CASL.

Joint or additional appointments or transfers of regular associate or full professors and selected academic and administrative staff:
Stein Brunvand, associate dean, CEHHS, effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, also associate professor of education, with tenure.

New appointments of instructional staff represented by the Lecturers’ Employee Organization: 
China L. Cargile, M.S.W., lecturer I, Health and Human Services, CEHHS, January 1 – April 30, 2019.

Michael J. Powers, M.A., lecturer I, Language, Culture, and Communication, CASL, January 1 – April 31, 2019.

Retirement Memoirs:
Stephane Jean M. Spoiden, professor, French, CASL, retired from active faculty status on June 30, 2018.

UM-Dearborn is grateful for the following gifts over $10,000:
November
Angela J. Allen Revocable Trust
$20,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn SOAR Laptop/Technology Student Loaner Program and the UM-Dearborn Women's Resource Center

Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund
$75,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science Scholarship and the Ford-Argento-CAE Model fund, which supports the research of Professor Alan Argento

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

December
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
$49,505 in support of the Halal Metropolis: Exploring Muslim Visibility in Detroit

Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund
$44,000 in support of the COB Dean's Strategic Initiative Fund, UM-Dearborn DAnalytics/Marketing Ford Community Corps Project, UM-Dearborn CASL Natural Sciences Support Fund, UM-Dearborn Society of Manufacturing Engineers, UM-Dearborn Society of Women Engineers, UM-Dearborn Public Allies Metro Detroit Gift Account, UM-Dearborn Formula SAE Combustion Team, UM-Dearborn Formula SAE Electric Team, UM-Dearborn Intelligent Systems Club, and the UM-Dearborn CECS Ford Blue Oval Team Scholarships

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

Mary Ellen Heyde
$25,000 in support of the Heyde / Parrington Scholarship

Grace Kachaturoff
$10,000 in support of the Grace and Evelyn Kachaturoff Scholarship Fund

Alan R. Potts
$10,000 in support of the Dr. Richard Potts Endowed Scholarship Fund

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

Bonnie J. Szilagy
$10,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Gift Holding Account

GAA (Formerly Vitec)
$25,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Autonomous Shuttle Project (MDAS)

Ronald N. Weiser
$125,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Engineering Lab Building Renovation Fund

Mary Ann P. Zawada
$12,000 in support of the Helen Zawada-Bronisz Book Fund

January
Anonymous donor
$12,500 in support of the UM-Dearborn CASL Victors for Michigan Scholarships

Anonymous donor
$20,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Engineering Lab Building Renovation Fund

Anonymous donor
$25,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn COB Student Managed Investment Fund

Anonymous donor
$25,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn COB Student Managed Investment Fund

Edward W. Elliott Jr.
$20,000 in support of the Dr. Ross Cowan Collegiate Professorship Fund

Ford Motor Company
$35,000 in support of the Ford-Argento-CAE Model fund which supports the research of Professor Alan Argento

Israelite House of David
$10,000 in support of the Israelite House of David Student Experience Fund

Raymond N. Okonski
$10,000 in support of the UM-Dearborn Poland Study Abroad Student Travel Fund

Skillman Foundation
$175,000 in support of the Skillman Support of Public Allies Metro Detroit Years 5-6

ZF North America, Inc.
$45,326 in support of the UM-Dearborn Autonomous Shuttle Project (MDAS)

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