Regent’s Roundup


The University Record, June 25, 1997

Regents’ Roundup

Editor’s Note: The following actions were taken by the Regents at their June meeting.

Renovation projects approved
Air handler controls and equipment for Mendelssohn Theatre will be replaced at an estimated cost of $275,000. The air handling system is the original equipment placed in the building and due to its age and the lack of modern controls, energy consumption levels are unacceptably high.

Phase III of the University Housing/EPA Green Lights Program, at an estimated cost of $600,000, will include upgrading existing lighting fixtures with energy efficient lamps and ballasts, replacement of light fixtures, and installation of occupancy sensors and other lighting controls. Buildings included are Baits I and II, Helen Newberry, Betsy Barbour, Oxford, Northwood Family Housing, East Quad, West Quad, South Quad and Bursley Hall.

The make-up air units and exhaust fans for the toilet rooms in Bursley Hall are outdated and some are non-operational. They will be replaced at an estimated cost of $350,000.

The Lecture Hall at the Biological Station in Pellston suffered a partially collapsed roof in February from a heavy and wet snowfall. New walls and a new roof with increased structural capacity will be constructed on the salvaged foundation at an estimated cost of $250,000.

The roof of the Engineering Laboratory Building at U-M-Dearborn will be replaced at an estimated to cost of $275,000.

Additional parking on the Dearborn campus is needed to accommodate participants in programs offered at the new Center for Corporate and Professional Development Building. This project will add 118 parking spaces at an estimated cost of $205,000.

Administrative appointments approved
Administrative appointments approved included:

Lisa A. Tedesco, professor of dentistry, was reappointed associate dean for academic affairs, School of Dentistry.

Michael M. Bernitsas, professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, was reappointed chair of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering for a five-year term, beginning July 1.

George I. Haddad, the Robert J. Hiller Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was reappointed chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, effective Sept. 1, until a new chair in the department is appointed.

Beverly A. Jones was reappointed associate dean for clinical affairs, School of Nursing, for a three-year term, effective June 1.

Paula Allen-Meares, professor of social work, was reappointed dean of the School of Social Work for a second five-year term, effective July 1, 1998.

A. Melissa Harris, associate professor of architecture, will serve as interim associate dean for administration, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective July 1.

William G. Weissert, professor of health management and policy, will serve as chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy, for a three-year term, effective July 1.

James C. Snyder, professor of architecture and urban planning and associate dean for academic programs and administration in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, will serve as interim dean of the College, effective July 1-Dec. 31, or until a new dean is appointed.

Monts receives a new title
Lester P. Monts, vice provost for academic and multicultural affairs since 1993, will become associate provost for academic and multicultural affairs.

Provost J. Bernard Machen said: “I am very pleased to recommend a change in title and reappointment for Dr. Monts. The title change will be effective Sept. 1, 1997, and the reappointment on July 1, 1998.” Monts also is professor of music.

“The change in title will recognize Dr. Monts’ senior position in the Provost’s Office and an expansion of his responsibilities,” Machen said. “Effective Sept. 1, Dr. Monts will assume administrative oversight for the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar. This is in addition to his current responsibilities for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, the Office of New Student Programs, and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

“It was clear from the reappointment review that Dr. Monts has gained the respect of deans, faculty, administrators, students, staff and community leaders. He brings to his position considered judgment, a keen sense of analysis, and a heightened sensitivity to bear on any problem he faces. Dr. Monts has a strong love of the academy, a great appreciation for the widest range of disciplines, and an abiding sense of scholarship; and he brings those qualities to bear on each task he undertakes.”

Clinical tracks affirmed for 6 units
Clinical track appointment sequences were approved for six academic units: College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Division of Kinesiology; and the schools of Education, Information, Music and Social Work. Provost J. Bernard Machen noted that these non-tenure-track appointments have been used for a number of years in the School of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy and the Medical and Law schools. “They make it possible for units to recruit individuals with exceptional professional qualifications who have spent many years in their profession but are not interested in pursuing a tenure-track position.”


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