Regents’ Roundup


The University Record, December 10, 1997

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

Two faculty members receive named collegiate professorships

Peter J. Polverini and Thomas R. Trautmann were appointed to named collegiate professorships.

Polverini, professor of dentistry and of pathology, also will hold the Donald A. Kerr Professorship of Dentistry in the School of Dentistry, effective Nov. 1.

Trautmann, the Mary Fair Croushore Professor of Humanities, professor of anthropology and of history, and director of the Institute for the Humanities, also will hold the Marshall Sahlins Professorship of History and Anthropology in LS&A, effective July 1, 1997.

Polverini joined the School of Dentistry in 1992 as professor of dentistry and chief of oral and maxillofacial pathology and was appointed chair of the Department of Oral Medicine/Pathology/Surgery in 1995. He was appointed professor in the Department of Pathology in 1995. “His contributions in patient care, teaching, research and service have been outstanding,” said William E. Kotowicz, dean of the School of Dentistry.

Trautmann, who joined the U-M in 1968, is “considered to be one of the most important historians of anthropology in the country,” said LS&A Dean Edie N. Goldenberg. He came to Michigan as an assistant professor of history and was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and professor in 1977. In 1984, he was appointed professor of anthropology.

Administrative appointments OK’d

Administrative appointments approved included:

David W. Cohen, professor of history and of anthropology, was reappointed director of the International Institute for one-year term, effective Sept. 1, 1998.

John G. Cross, professor of economics, was reappointed LS&A associate dean for budget and administration for a three-year term, effective July 1, 1998.

Charles C. Brown, professor of economics, will serve as chair of the Department of Economics for a three-year term, effective Oct. 24.

Joseph C. Fantone III, professor of pathology and the Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Pathology Education, will serve as associate dean for medical education, Medical School, effective Jan. 1, 1998.

Nabil Khalidi, clinical associate professor II, College of Pharmacy and interim director of Pharmacy Services, University Hospitals, will serve as interim associate dean for clinical sciences of the College of Pharmacy, effective Nov. 1.

Jeffrey A. Alexander, the Richard Carl Jelinek Professor in Health Management and Policy and acting associate dean for academic affairs of the School of Public Health, will be acting senior associate dean for academic affairs, School of Public Health, effective Nov. 1, 1997-May 31, 1998.

Mark P. Becker, associate professor and assistant dean for academic affairs, School of Public Health, will be associate dean for academic affairs, School of Public Health, effective Nov. 1, 1997-Aug. 31, 1999.

Robert H. Gray, professor of environmental and industrial health and associate dean for research and facilities, School of Public Health, will be senior associate dean for research and facilities, School of Public Health, effective Nov. 1, 1997-June 30, 1999.

M. Anthony Schork, professor of biostatistics and associate dean for academic affairs, School of Public Health, will be senior associate dean for academic affairs, effective Nov. 1, 1997-May 31, 2000.

$12 million in gifts accepted

The Regents accepted $12,075,654 in gifts received during October. The total included $6,534,425 from individuals, $2,058,314 from corporations, $1,894,310 from foundations, and $1,588,605 from associations and others.

Meiland granted emeritus status

Jack W. Meiland, professor of philosophy, was given the emeritus title.

Meiland, who joined the faculty in 1962, also served as director of the LS&A Honors Program in 1979-83, as LS&A’s associate dean for long-range planning and curriculum in 1983-90, and as associate dean for undergraduate education in 1990-92.

“In recognition of his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, Prof. Meiland was appointed the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 1988, and twice received the LS&A Excellence in Education Award,” the Regents noted. “A superb classroom teacher, he is known for his caring approach to students; he teaches without pretense, conveying to students that he is a partner in learning.”

Renovation projects OK’d

The following renovation projects were approved:

A two-phase project will maintain the reliability of the Central Power Plant, which provides essential steam service to approximately 14 million square feet of building area on the Central Campus and Medical Center. The project is estimated to cost $11.7 million.

As part of the continuing process to upgrade the C.C. Little Building, approximately 15,000 square feet of the fourth floor will be renovated for the Department of Geological Sciences. Program improvements will include new offices, a new ultra-clean laboratory for mass spectrometry and a small fluids dynamics laboratory. The project is estimated to cost $2.1 million.

To facilitate the construction of the proposed Palmer Street Parking Structure and the future expansion for academic programs in this area, a portion of the existing North University Building will be demolished and the Building Services functions housed in that structure will be relocated. To house these functions, the new North Campus Parking Services Building, which was approved by the Regents last February, will receive a 12,000-square-foot addition. This project is estimated to cost $1,450,000.

The Women’s Hospital Birth Center, placed in the Mott Hospital building in 1995, is experiencing more birth activity than was projected. This demand can be accommodated by providing three additional labor-delivery-postpartum rooms and three “nesting” rooms, where mothers whose babies are not yet ready to leave the hospital can stay. Space within and adjacent to the Women’s Birth Center will be used to accommodate these functions. The project is estimated to cost $595,000.


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