Regent Jordan Acker of Huntington Woods will succeed Denise Ilitch as chair of the Board of Regents beginning July 1. Regent Paul Brown of Ann Arbor will serve as vice chair.

The leadership changes were announced at the June 17 board meeting. Both will serve in those roles through June 30, 2022.

According to the Board of Regents’ bylaws, the chair and vice chair are appointed based on seniority, with the vice chair automatically succeeding to the position of chair the following year.

Primary duties of the chair include working with the vice chair, president and board secretary to help set the major topics for presentation or study by the board, monitoring committee agenda planning for coordination and comprehensiveness, presiding over executive sessions when scheduled without the president, communicating certain information to other regents, and appointing the chair and members of the ad hoc and standing committees.

If the president is unable to attend a public meeting or must be out of the room during any part of the meeting, the chair presides over the meeting. If the chair is unable to perform the duties, the vice chair assumes them.