Regents’ Roundup


The University Record, September 24, 1997

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

$39 million in gifts accepted

The Regents accepted $39,562,221 in gifts received in June, July and August. The total includes $22,663,031 from individuals, $7,852,883 from corporations, $6,784,058 from foundations, and $2,262,249 from associations and others.

Tenured faculty appointments approved

Tenured faculty appointments, effective Sept. 1, included:

Philip J. Ivanhoe, from Stanford University, will be associate professor of Asian languages and cultures and associate professor of philosophy.

Kyle L. Grazier, from Cornell University, will be associate professor of health management and policy.

Administrative appointments approved for 11

Administrative appointments included:

Frederick C. Neidhardt, the Frederick G. Novy Distinguished University Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and acting vice president for research, was appointed interim vice president for research, effective Sept. 1.

Dennis J. Shields was reappointed assistant dean and director of admissions of the Law School, effective July 1.

Nola J. Pender, professor of nursing, was reappointed associate dean for academic affairs and research in the School of Nursing, effective Oct. 1.

Richard W. Redman, associate professor of nursing, was reappointed interim associate dean for community partnerships in the School of Nursing, effective Oct. 1.

Theodore S. Lawrence, associate professor of radiation oncology, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, effective Sept. 1.

John R. Chamberlin, professor of political science and professor of public policy, will serve as interim dean of the School of Public Policy, effective Sept. 1.

Paul N. Courant, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of economics and of public policy, will serve as associate provost-academic and budgetary affairs, beginning in the fall term.

Kathy A. Okun, director of the Office of Trusts and Bequests, will serve as assistant dean for development and alumni relations of the Law School, effective Oct. 1.

Marilyn Knepp, director of academic planning and analysis, was appointed assistant provost for university budget and planning, effective Sept. 1.

Thomas A. Goss, former managing partner of The Goss Group, Inc., was appointed as the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, effective Sept. 8.

Gilbert S. Omenn, former dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine and professor of medicine and environmental health, was appointed executive vice president for medical affairs, effective Sept. 4.

Faculty members named to distinguished professorships

Several appointments to endowed and titled professorships were approved:

Vikram Nanda, associate professor of finance, will hold the First Chicago NBD Corp. Associate Professorship in Business Administration.

Christian S. Stohler, professor of dentistry, will hold the William R. Mann Professorship of Dentistry.

Arthur F. Messiter Jr., professor of aerospace engineering, will be the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Aerospace Engineering.

Richard H. Pildes, professor of law, also will hold the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Research Professorship of Law.

Earnest P. Young, professor of history, will hold the Richard Hudson Research Professorship of History.

N. Reed Dunnick, professor of radiology, will also hold the Fred Jenner Hodges Professorship of radiology.

Kim Allen Eagle, professor of internal medicine, will be the Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine.

Nanda is “a very promising scholar, working in the area of finance, taxes and the stock market,” said B. Joseph White, dean of the School of Business Administration. “He has a very strong list of publications, both in number and in quality of journals. His papers have twice been nominated for the prestigious Smith Breeden prize. He also serves as a reviewer for several of the most prestigious journals in his field. He has a very good teaching record in the School, and is serving on six doctoral dissertation committees.”

Stohler is “a teacher and researcher in the area of oral and facial pain, temporomandibular disorders, and occlusion,” said William E. Kotowicz, dean of the School of Dentistry. “He is author or co-author of over 56 scientific articles and has contributed a chapter in a textbook. He has served as mentor to several students and visiting faculty and as a member of several thesis or doctoral committees. Dr. Stohler has been appointed associate editor of the Journal of Orofacial Pain. His contributions in patient care, teaching, and research have been outstanding.”

Messiter has made “significant contributions to the graduate program of the Department through development of new courses,” said Stephen W. Director, dean of the College of Engineering. “He was instrumental in setting up the requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degree applicants in gas dynamics and has served on many Ph.D. thesis committees both within and outside the Department. His research has focused on several problem areas in aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and boundary layer interaction theory, with outcomes directed to improved prediction methods needed in the aeronautical industry.”

Pildes “has written widely in the field of constitutional law,” said Jeffrey S. Lehman, dean of the Law School. “He is the co-author in an innovative casebook in The Law of Democracy and has published numerous articles on constitutional theory, voting rights and public policy. He is among the most productive and most well-known scholars on the Law School faculty. In his teaching and his scholarship, he has defined a new field, Democratic Rights, which incorporates material on voting rights and political participation.”

Young is a historian of Chinese history. “He is currently working on a book on Catholicism in 19th– and 20th-century China through an examination of an institution the French Religious Protectorate that had much to do with politicizing Catholic identity in China,” said LS&A Dean Edie N. Goldenberg. “He will use the Hudson appointment to complete his analysis of Chinese sources and to advance the writing of the manuscript.”

Dunnick is “considered an expert in a broad range of areas, including uroradiology, vascular radiology, and cross-sectional imaging,” said A. Lorris Betz, interim dean of the Medical School. “His curriculum vitae reflects 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as over 50 chapters in books. His expertise in the field of radiology is recognized through his many invited presentations at national conferences and scientific meetings. Dr. Dunnick has strong credentials in all aspects of academic radiology. He is an exceptional clinician, educator and investigator who has ably served as chair of the Department of Radiology since 1992.”

Eagle, said Betz, “has established a productive outcomes research group at the U-M and serves as a research mentor to a variety of students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. His studies in outcomes research in cardiovascular medicine have had an international impact. His research in the evaluation of heart conditions in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery led to his being named as the chair of the American Heart Association’s National Committee to develop guidelines for this purpose. These guidelines have been published in five journals and have changed the way physicians approach heart disease in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery.”

Renovation projects OK’d

The following renovation projects were approved:

  • Campus security lighting will continue to be upgraded. “Most of the campus lighting in the Central Campus area bounded by State, South University, Church and Huron streets has been upgraded,” said Chandler W. Matthews, interim executive vice president. “The lighting upgrade program will be extended into the Medical Campus, North Campus and South Campus areas over the next few years as funds are identified. We estimate that this phased project will cost $6 million and will be accomplished in four to six phases. The next phase will cost approximately $1.3 million and will address various areas on all campuses.”
  • Parking Services’ annual safety, maintenance and repairs program in 1998 is estimated to cost $5.6 million. The program will include elevator replacement and repairs in several structures as well as structural repairs to the Simpson Street parking structure. This project also includes paving, lighting and landscaping Old Main Hospital Parking Lot M-1, as well as resurfacing several other lots.
  • Retrofitting the existing building lighting would reduce energy consumption significantly, according to a lighting energy conservation study. The study’s recommendations include replacing existing fluorescent lamps and ballasts with more energy-efficient equipment, replacing incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps, and installing occupancy sensors in toilet rooms. The project will be accomplished in phases. The first phase, estimated to cost $750,000, involves the North Campus Recreation, E.H. Kraus, Modern Languages and Space Research buildings and the Ruthven Museum.
  • Fire remains the most serious threat and risk hazard to the safety and well-being of University Housing residents. Twenty-nine additional residence hall buildings that now have fire alarm systems will be connected by MOSCAD (Motorola System Control and Data Acquisitions) emergency radio system to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), at an estimated cost of $360,000. Doing this will remove the need for building occupants to manually call DPS when the fire alarm operates.
  • Certain medical air compressors and vacuum pumps in the University Hospital will be replaced at an estimated cost of $555,000.
  • Condenser water pumps located in the M-22 Parking Structure on the Medical Campus will be replaced at an estimated cost of $500,000.
  • A training center is needed for groups of employees because of the approaching activation of M-Pathways and the move toward more powerful and sophisticated desktop computer programs. It will be constructed on the ground floor of Wolverine Tower and will include two large computer-oriented training rooms (12-16 people) and five medium-to-small rooms (4-6 people) for smaller breakout training sessions. This project is estimated to cost $580,000.
  • A $250,000 project in Wolverine Tower will include a new Department of Public Safety satellite office, a new mail room, general lobby renovations and a radio equipment room.
  • Michigan Stadium’s multiple repair and maintenance program will continue following the end of the current football season. The next phase, estimated to cost $1.5 million, will include additional concrete restoration, and continued efforts in the seating replacement program.
  • The U-M Health System’s MWorks Managed Care Program is beginning the extension of its service into other southeastern Michigan regions. The U-M Health System will locate the MWorks corporate staff in the University’s Eisenhower Corporate Park West Building on South Industrial. This project is estimated to cost $880,000.

10 faculty members retire

Ten faculty members were given the emeritus title.

They are Joseph B. Adelson, professor of psychology; Robert T. Blackburn, professor of higher education; Dorothy E. Booth, assistant professor of nursing; Dale A. Davis, associate professor of management and accounting at the U-M-Flint; John T. Headington, professor of pathology and of dermatology;

Elliot Juni, professor of microbiology; Edwin L. Miller, professor of business administration; Georgine M. Steude, assistant professor of anesthesiology and of obstetrics and gynecology; John W. Weigel II, librarian; and L. Yvonne Wulff, librarian.

Adelson joined the U-M in 1956. “Throughout his career, he has focused on two areas: adolescence and the psychological aspects of social and political issues,” the Regents noted. “His work has had a lasting influence, both within the social sciences and the intellectual community as a whole. Many of his papers are classics: reframings of key issues that have been supported and sustained by subsequent research. He will long be remembered by his colleagues and students for his broad intellect, his rich interest in the arts and humanities, his tough-mindedness, his sense of humor, and his graceful and elegant prose style.”

Blackburn joined the U-M in 1966. “During his years in the School of Education and the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, he taught a wide array of graduate courses and collaborated extensively with students, both in research and publication. He served on the School of Education Executive Committee a number of times, most recently in 1992-95, and also served on many other School of Education and Universitywide committees. He has also been an active member of FAIR (Faculty Against Institutional Racism), a campuswide faculty group.”

Booth, who joined the faculty in 1987, “has received multiple community and academic awards in recognition of her devoted service to gerontological nursing education and practice and to the community of elders,” the Regents said. “Following her retirement, she plans to continue her collaborative research activities and also will work with the School of Nursing’s Office of Student Affairs to assist students of all levels in the preparation of scholarly papers.”

Davis joined the U-M-Flint in 1982. “His research has focused on the automotive area,” the Regents noted. “He has written approximately three-quarters of all the corporate procedures now in place at Volkswagen of America Inc., and his research culminated in the basic financial analytical and reporting structure of the Volkswagen Foreign Trade Zone in Westmoreland, Pa. He has appeared on television as part of a network series on the world automotive industry and has appeared locally to comment on domestic content legislation and the automobile industry.”

Headington, who joined the U-M in 1964, is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology as well as in dermatopathology and dermatology. “He has been the institution’s premier dermatopathologist and has received numerous awards from the Departments of Pathology and Dermatology, the Medical School, and national and international organizations. Dr. Headington has been an active member of numerous professional organizations, including having served as secretary-treasurer and as president of the American Society of Dermatopathology,” the Regents noted.

Juni, who joined the faculty in 1966, is “noted for his dedication to teaching and research in the area of microbial metabolism,” the Regents said. “During his tenure at the University, he taught basic microbiology to medical students and microbial metabolism to undergraduate and graduate students. His research contributions have as their focus the elucidation of metabolic pathways and the mechanism of genetic transformation, and the use of genetic transformation and nutritional assays for the identification of bacteria. He has been recognized for his scientific contributions by having an organism named after him Acinetobacter junii.”

Miller, who joined the U-M in 1964, has been “an excellent teacher and faculty member. He has been a central figure in the M.B.A. curriculum for many years and was involved in the early design of the M.B.A. core curriculum. His involvement in the beginnings of the Business School’s Asian strategy and other internationalization initiatives eventually led to such flagship programs as the M.B.A. domestic corps, the M.B.A. Africa corps, and the Center for International Business Education, among others. He also oversaw the development and growth of the school’s Division of Research.”

Steude joined the U-M in 1968. In 1983-89, she acted as section chief of obstetrical anesthesiology. She also was section chief of pediatric anesthesiology in 1985-89. She served as interim chair of the Department of Anesthesiology in 1989-90. “In 1991, Dr. Steude took a sabbatical leave and gained additional postgraduate training in pain management. She then became director of the Acute Pain Service. She continued seeing chronic pain patients on a weekly basis while managing one of the larger acute pain services in the nation. In 1994, she became board certified in the subspecialty of pain management of anesthesiology.”

Weigel joined the University Library in 1964 as physics/astronomy/mathematics librarian. “Mr. Weigel’s career at Michigan gives much evidence of his strong commitment to the library’s collections,” the Regents said. “In the early 1980s, he served as the library’s personnel and staff development officer. Later he was selected to help implement the library’s on-line public catalog, MIRLYN. In the past several years, he served as coordinator of Access Services and Collection Services for the Shapiro Science Library. A nationally recognized leader in science librarianship, he served as president of the Michigan chapter of the Special Libraries Association.”

Wulff joined the U-M in 1978 as head of the Medical Center Library. “She had a comprehensive understanding of how excellent medical libraries should be run and a strong devotion to providing outstanding service. Ms. Wulff not only guided the growth and development of the services and collections of the Medical Library, but also eventually assumed responsibility for the other health sciences libraries in public health and dentistry. In 1987, she was named assistant director for collection management for the University Library. In 1993, she became the library’s first program director for international initiatives.”

General Fund expenditures totaled $893 million in 1996-97

Total expenditures and transfers in the General Fund of the three campuses in 1996-97 totaled $892,962,000.

Revenues totaled $900,183,000, an increase of 4.3 percent, said Chandler W. Matthews, interim executive vice president and chief financial officer, in the annual financial report to the Regents.

The General Fund relies largely on student fees and state appropriations. These funds are used to pay for teaching, research, library services, student scholarships, fellowships, maintenance, operation of physical properties and other services.

Student fees totaled $472,255,000 and accounted for 52.5 percent of the fund last year. In 1995-96, student fees accounted for 52.4 percent of the fund and 41.1 percent in 1987-88. State appropriations totaled $342,993,000 and accounted for 38 percent of the General Fund last year, compared with 38.9 percent in 1995-96 and 50.6 percent in 1987-88.

The General Fund is one of four operating funds that make up the University’s operating budget. Of the three remaining funds for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses in 1996-97:

  • The Designated Fund had expenditures and transfers including departmental activities and other revenues with use restricted by University policies that totaled $119,740,000.
  • The Expendable Restricted Fund is comprised of gifts, grants and sponsored programs from alumni, other individuals, foundations, industry, federal, state and local government units. These funds are used for educational and general purposes. The total expenditures and transfers in this fund were $461,199,000.
  • The Auxiliary Activities Fund includes activities maintained with revenue from their own operations, such as the University hospitals and residence halls. Total expenditures in this fund amounted to $1,155,571,000, a decrease of $310,000 from the previous year.

Matthews, commenting on the University’s total operating budget last year, noted that:

  • Salaries and wages paid directly to employees represented 46.3 percent of the total operating expenditures and transfers. An additional 11.9 percent was spent for employee benefit programs. The total spent for these two items was $1,531,496,000 or 58.2 percent of the total operating expenditures and transfers.
  • Private gifts and sponsored programs for operations increased by $16,944,000 from 1995-96 to $147,853,000 in 1996-97. Private gifts for permanent funds in 1996-97 were $70,153,000 compared with $45,691,000 in 1995-96. Total gifts and grants were greater than those of the previous year by approximately $41 million dollars.
  • The volume of research was $458,478,000 in 1996-97, an increase of $17,183,000 over the previous year. The federal government continues to provide the largest portion of funds and represents 65.5 percent of the total.
  • Federal support totaled $350,910,000 for 1996-97, an increase of $17,536,000 from the previous year. The Department of Health and Human Services was the major source of federal funding, accounting for $186,707,000, or 53.2 percent of the total.
  • Scholarships and fellowships financed from the four operating funds totaled $150,837,000, reflecting an increase of $10,902,000 from 1995-96.

In addition to the four operating funds, the University has four non-operating funds:

  • The Student Loan Fund had total assets at year end totaling $108,939,000; an increase of $4,100,000 over the previous year.
  • The Endowment and Other Invested Funds had assets at year end totaling more than $1.74 billion. The market value of the assets totaled $2.05 billion.
  • The Plant Fund’s properties consisting of land, land improvements, buildings, equipment and construction in progress, totaled more than $2.01 billion net of depreciation.
  • The Agency Fund, which accounts for University and employee contributions, deductions for employee benefits, payroll taxes and for amounts held in custody for others, amounted to more than $54 million at year end.

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