Feodies Shipp has been named director of the University of Michigan Detroit Center.
A native Detroiter, Shipp has worked at U-M for 23 years and served as the Detroit Center’s associate director and interim director. He had previous roles at the Career Center and Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Shipp received a Master of Arts degree in education leadership from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from U-M.
“The University of Michigan Detroit Center represents the combination of two of my great loves: the city of Detroit and the University of Michigan,” Shipp said.
The Detroit Center serves to mutually enrich the university and Detroit communities through service, education, research and the exchange of culture. U-M has more than 300 projects in, about and serving Detroit. The center provides access to meeting space, office space and local expertise on how best to engage to U-M faculty, staff and students as well as Detroit partners.
The center also conducts programming and supports cultural events designed to connect U-M to the local community.
The Detroit Center houses several key initiatives, including Poverty Solutions and its Partnership on Economic Mobility with the city of Detroit, and the UM-Dearborn Office of Metropolitan Impact Public Allies program. It is co-located with a U-M admissions office and the Michigan Engineering Zone.
“The University of Michigan was born in Detroit over 200 years ago,” said James Holloway, vice provost for global engagement and interdisciplinary academic affairs. “Now our growing 21st century engagements in the city represent a continuing fulfillment of our original promise, to be a university relentlessly dedicated to the public good.”
Opened on Sept. 21, 2005, the Detroit Center is located on the ground floor of Orchestra Place on Woodward Avenue, next to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
The facility accommodates research projects and outreach initiatives from all three U-M campuses while also offering space for an increasing number of university programs involving Detroit citizens and organizations.
It includes offices and space for meetings, exhibitions, lectures and collaborative work.
Later this academic year the center will move to newly renovated space within Orchestra Place, providing a new and highly visible “front door” for U-M onto Woodward Avenue.