Search begins for next UM-Dearborn chancellor

9/11/2017

U-M President Mark Schlissel has appointed a 14-member search advisory committee to assist him in the search process for a new chancellor.

UM-Dearborn begins chancellor search

The University of Michigan has officially launched a search for the next chancellor of the UM-Dearborn campus.

President Mark Schlissel has appointed a 14-member search advisory committee to assist him in this search process. Schlissel will co-chair the committee with Ghassan Kridli, associate dean of undergraduate education, and professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, UM-Dearborn. “When Chancellor Little announced that he would step down, we knew we had a big task before us to identify and recruit a similarly outstanding new leader for the Dearborn campus. Our process will include significant outreach to all parts of the Dearborn community and multiple opportunities for input on the desired qualities, experience, and areas of focus for the new chancellor,” Schlissel said.

The search seeks to replace Chancellor Daniel Little, who after 18 years of service plans to step down as UM-Dearborn's chief executive officer at the end of his current term, June 30, 2018. He will remain a faculty member.

The search process will begin with two campus town halls hosted by the search advisory committee Sept. 29 from 9-10:30 a.m. and Oct. 2 from 3-4:30 p.m. Both events will take place on the UM-Dearborn campus at 1500 Social Sciences Building.

The committee also plans to meet with specific groups in the coming weeks to receive input about the desired qualities, experience and areas of focus for the new chancellor. Committee members invite additional ideas and feedback on the search, including nominations, through this email address: ask-DbnChancellorSearch@umich.edu.

“The committee will be looking for constructive input on the opportunities and the challenges for the next chancellor,” Kridli said. “The committee will use the community’s input to build the desired profile of a future campus leader. This information will assist the search firm to identify and recruit candidates who have the desired qualities and will guide President Mark Schlissel when he recommends the next chancellor to the Board of Regents.”

As with other searches for U-M executive officers, the selection process will remain confidential until Schlissel makes his recommendation to the Board of Regents. “This confidentiality has proven essential in previous executive level searches to attract a large and outstanding pool of experienced and qualified candidates,” Schlissel said.

In addition to Schlissel and Kridli, members of the search advisory committee include:

  • Susan Alcock, special counsel for institutional outreach and engagement, Office of the President, and professor of archaeology and classics, LSA, UM-Ann Arbor.
  • Matthew Beaudry, director of athletics and recreation, UM-Dearborn.
  • Anda Botoseneanu, associate professor of health policy studies and research assistant professor at the Institute of Gerontology, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, UM-Dearborn.
  • Jeff Evans, vice chancellor for business affairs, UM-Dearborn.
  • Martin Hershock, dean and professor of history, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, UM-Dearborn.
  • Barbara Klein, professor of management information systems, College of Business, UM-Dearborn.
  • Douglas Knerr, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, UM-Flint.
  • Ann Lampkin-Williams, special counsel to the chancellor for inclusion and strategic projects and interim dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, UM-Dearborn.
  • Farhan Latif, president, El-Hibri Foundation.
  • Mercedes Miranda, lecturer IV of accounting and finance, College of Business, UM-Dearborn.
  • Shirley Stancato, president and CEO, New Detroit Coalition.
  • Thomas Wolsek, president, Student Government, and student, College of Engineering and Computer Science, UM-Dearborn.
  • Nancy Wrobel, program director of health psychology and clinical health psychology, and professor of psychology, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, UM-Dearborn.

The executive search firm Park Square Executive Search has been retained to assist in the effort and consultants Jonathan Fortescue and Anne Coyle will assist with the search. Britney Rashleigh, project manager in the Office of the President, will provide staff support.

For information about the search, including the position description and how to submit nominations and applications, go to president.umich.edu/committees/um-dearborn-chancellor-search/.