Ono launches search for ethics, integrity and compliance officer


President Santa J. Ono has appointed a committee of faculty and staff to assist in the search for the University of Michigan’s first ethics, integrity and compliance officer.

The officer will report directly to Ono and lead an effort designed to bolster U-M’s dedication to integrity.


“We will lead with excellence through our unequivocal commitment to integrity. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce that we have launched a national search for an ethics, integrity and compliance officer, one of my first commitments when I arrived here at the University of Michigan,” Ono said at the March 23 Board of Regents meeting. 

“The individual selected will have a critical role as a guardian of our trust, in ensuring that in every pursuit, we retain a foundation of integrity.”

Just days after taking office in October, Ono pledged to create a central, independent Ethics, Integrity and Compliance Office. The person hired to lead it will serve as U-M’s key leader and catalyst for instilling ethics, integrity and compliance values and best practices across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses, including Michigan Medicine.

Chris Kolb, vice president for government relations, and Barbara L. McQuade, professor from practice and lecturer IV in the Law School, are co-chairs of the nine-member search committee. The other members are:

  • Elizabeth Heinrich, executive senior associate athletic director and chief student development and compliance officer, Department of Athletics.
  • David Hess, professor of business law, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
  • Jacqueline Jeruss, associate vice president for research-integrity and compliance, Office of the Vice President for Research; associate dean for regulatory affairs, professor of surgery and of pathology, Medical School; and professor of biomedical engineering, Medical School and College of Engineering.
  • Allen Liu, associate professor of mechanical engineering, College of Engineering; associate professor of biomedical engineering, CoE and Medical School; associate professor of biophysics, LSA; and chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs.
  • Tami Strickman, special adviser to the president, and executive director of the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office.
  • Stevens Wandmacher, Collegiate Lecturer and lecturer IV in philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, UM-Flint.
  • Eddie Washington, executive director, Division of Public Safety and Security.

Lynnetta Smith, project manager in the Office of the President, will act as the president’s liaison to the search. Mark Hall from the Massachusetts-based search firm Spelman Johnson has been retained to help with the search process.

The ethics, integrity and compliance officer will help units coordinate EIC activities and respond to compliance guidance questions, advise the president, executive officers and Board of Regents on EIC issues, and coordinate with key stakeholders to develop and track training to ensure all faculty and staff are knowledgeable of institutional policies and pertinent federal and state standards.

The officer also will develop an ongoing campaign to heighten awareness of U-M’s various compliance programs, chair the Ethics, Integrity and Compliance Committee, and work with EIC officials to support their work and gain further insights on issues that impact the entire university, among other duties.

As with other searches for positions reporting directly to the president, the selection process will remain confidential until the president makes a selection.

(Update: This article has been edited from its original version to add Barbara McQuade as committee co-chair.)


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