Regents’ Roundup


The University Record, January 21, 1998

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

Bollinger passes muster; gets raise

President Lee C. Bollinger passed a performance review in a closed session at last week’s Regents’ meeting, resulting in a 4.5 percent raise. His new salary, effective Feb. 1-Aug. 31, 1998, will be $287,375. There will be another review in August, to bring the timing of any salary adjustments into the same cycle as the rest of the University’s employees.

In making the motion for approval of the increase, Regent Philip H. Power noted that an annual performance review was part of the “letter of engagement” developed between the Regents and the president when he was hired. “The results were unanimous and outstanding. President Bollinger’s performance in office has met and in all instances exceeded our expectations.”

Resolutions cite Medical School, football team

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Medical School and the Regents’ recognized that milestone with a resolution that noted that in establishing the School on Jan. 19, 1848, “our predecessors not only acknowledged the University’s developing strength in the biomedical sciences, they anticipated the broader community’s future needs for excellence in medical education and research and for outstanding medical care.”

On hand for presentation of the resolution were Rhetaugh Dumas, vice provost emerita for medical affairs and dean emerita of the School of Nursing and the Lucille Cole Professor of Nursing; Giles G. Bole, dean emeritus of the Medical School and professor of internal medicine; and William Hubbard, former dean of the Medical School.

Football coach Lloyd Carr and co-captain Jon Jansen joined the Regents for a resolution honoring the team and Carr. Noting Carr’s accumulation of five coach-of-the-year awards, the resolution stated: “In the best tradition of Michigan football, he stressed the importance of acting with integrity and setting and achieving goals on and off the field, while also continually emphasizing the importance of the team over individual players. A gifted motivator, he inspired players and fans alike and made believers out of skeptics across the nation.

“Following the Rose Bowl game,” the resolution continued, “Coach Carr stated, ‘I don’t think anyone could ask any more of a team than what they gave.’ The Regents express their wholehearted agreement and salute the entire football team: the coaches; the captains, Jon Jansen and Eric Mayes; and each and every one of the players, all of whom have contributed so vitally to the hallowed tradition of Michigan football. Hail to the victors!”

Administrative, faculty appointments approved

Administrative appointments approved included:

A. Melissa Harris, associate professor of architecture, was reappointed interim associate dean for administration of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective Jan. 1-July 31.

Vincent E. Price, associate professor of communication studies, was reappointed chair of the Department of Communication Studies, for a three-year term beginning July 1.

Colin L. Day was reappointed director of the U-M Press for a five-year term, effective Jan. 1. Gerald R. Smith, professor of zoology and of geology and mineralogy, was named director of the Museum of Zoology for a three-year term, effective July 1.

Rachel Lipson Glick, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, will serve as associate dean for student programs of the Medical School, effective Jan. 1.

Mark H. Hannis, clinical associate professor of internal medicine, will serve as assistant dean in the Medical School, effective Feb. 1.

Frederick C. Neidhardt, the Frederick G. Novy Distinguished University Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, who has been serving as the interim vice president for research, will be vice president for research for a one-year term, effective Jan. 1. Faculty appointments included:

David J. Dries, a faculty member at Loyola University, was named professor of surgery, with tenure, effective Jan. 16.

$22.7 million in gifts accepted

The Regents accepted $22,752,833 in gifts received during December 1997. The total included $18,619,372 from individuals, $2,331,714 from corporations, $1,454,015 from foundations, and $347,732 from associations and others.

Four faculty members retire

Four faculty members were given the emeritus title.

Those retiring are Gerald E. Crane, professor of urban planning; Richard M. Dougherty, professor of information; John W. Wright, associate professor of English; and Karl L. Zinn, research scientist at Information Technology Division.

Crane, who joined the U-M in 1966, has had “an outstanding career as a educator teaching graduate-level courses in urban design,” the Regents noted. “His innovative teaching methods have involved direct field work in the underdeveloped areas of Detroit. In recognition of his leadership in the field of urban planning, he received the Charles A. Blessing Award from the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1992. Prior to becoming the chair of the Urban Planning Program in 1968, he had been president of Crane & Gorwic, a Detroit firm that planned many large projects in southeastern Michigan and the Midwest.”

Dougherty, who joined the faculty in 1978 as director of the University Library and professor of library science, has been “a compelling and forceful advocate of core values in librarianship throughout his extensive professional career. As president of the American Library Association in 1990-91, he helped bring information access issues to the attention of the general public and mounted a literacy and reading campaign for children. As academic library director at the U-M, he spearheaded initiatives which resulted in computerized access to the library’s catalogs. As an educator, he engaged his students in critical thinking and dialog concerning issues of professional management, ethics and values.”

Wright, who joined the U-M in 1963, has been “a specialist in romanticism, with a special emphasis on poetry and the visual arts,” the Regents said. “He published Shelley’s Myth of Metaphor in 1970. He has also published essays on Borges, Hawthorne and Johnson, as well as numerous essays and analyses of Blake’s prints and poetry. His lifelong passion has been the interrelationship between the poetry and etchings of the late 18th-century, early 19th-century visionary poet, William Blake; for the past 25 years, his research has focused on Blake’s print-making techniques. Prof. Wright’s knowledge of Blake’s unique technical methods for print-making is unsurpassed.”

Zinn joined the U-M in 1963 as a research associate in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) and lecturer in psychology. “Dr. Zinn’s first assignment in CRLT was to help faculty with problems related to testing and evaluation and to investigate the possible role of computers in teaching. He soon became one of the best informed individuals in America in the area of computer-assisted instruction. He wrote a proposal to the state of Michigan for collaborative work among major universities which resulted in a planning grant for a statewide network. He also wrote the proposal to the National Science Foundation that led to the Merit computer network.”


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