Regents’ Roundup


The University Record, May 24, 1999 Editor’s Note: The following actions were taken by the Regents at their May meeting.

By Wono Lee
News and Information Services

10 named to administrative posts

Administrative appointments included:

James M. Borders, associate professor of music (musicology), was reappointed associate dean of graduate studies of the School of Music Sept. 1, 1999–June 30, 2002.

Albert F. Yee, professor of materials science and engineering and of macromolecular science and engineering, was reappointed chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering July 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2002.

Linda P.B. Katehi, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will be associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Engineering Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2004.

Daniel H. Levine, professor of political science, will be chair of the Department of Political Science, July 1, 1999–June 30, 2003.

Carol J. Loveland-Cherry, professor of nursing, will serve as associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing July 1, 1999–June 30, 2002.

Matthew O‘Donnell, the Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering, professor of biomedical engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will be chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2004.

Robert F. Todd III, the Frances and Victor Ginsberg Professor of Hematology/Oncology and professor of internal medicine, will serve as associate vice president for research May 24, 1999–May 23, 2002.

Kensall D. Wise, the J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and professor of biomedical engineering, will serve as associate dean for research, College of Engineering, Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2004.

E. Royster Harper, senior associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will serve as interim vice president for student affairs, effective June 8.

Allen S. Lichter, professor of radiation oncology and interim dean of the Medical School, will be dean of the Medical School, effective May 1, 1999–April 30, 2004.

Tenured appointments OKd

Tenured faculty appointments included:

Michael J. Duff, of Texas A&M University, will be professor of physics, effective Sept. 1.

Bruce Kaplan of St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., will be associate professor of internal medicine, effective June 1.

Amy Porter, of Kennesaw (Ga.) State University, will be associate professor of music (flute), effective Sept. 1.

Three appointed to professorships

The following appointments to endowed and titled professorships were approved.

Pallab K. Bhattacharya, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will hold the James R. Mellor Professorship of Engineering, effective Sept. 1.

Moshe D. Herr will hold the Jean and Samuel Frankel Professorship of Rabbinic Literature for the academic year 1999–2000. He also will hold the title of visiting professor.

James R. Tapia, assistant professor of music (conducting and music education), will hold the Donald R. Shepherd Chair in Conducting, effective Sept. 1.

Bhattacharya has been “a central force in leading the College of Engineering to its position as a world-class center of excellence in III-IV semiconductor research and microelectronics,” said Stephen W. Director, dean of the College of Engineering, in recommending the appointment. “In collaboration with other members of the applied physics group, Prof. Bhattacharya has established Michigan as one of the top institutions in molecular beam epitaxy research. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to thin film electronic materials and high-speed devices.”

Herr will teach courses in the Center for Judaic Studies and Department of Near Easter Studies, said Patricia Gurin, interim LS&A dean. “He is an internationally recognized scholar and teacher and a superb public lecturer.” He began his career at Hebrew University and, after instructor appointments in Talmud at Tel Aviv University, Haifa University and Hebrew University, was promoted to professor of Jewish history in 1991.

Tapia, who joined the U-M in 1997, recently was named director of the Michigan Marching Band. “In the two years he has served at Michigan, he has met every challenge in a variety of assignments,” said Paul C. Boylan, dean of the School of Music. “He has won respect, admiration and loyalty from his University colleagues and his students. He has become known and admired in the public school music education community in our state and region. Most important, he has proven to be a musician and teacher of the highest caliber.”

$12.9 million in gifts accepted

The Regents accepted $12,948,118 in gifts received during April. The total included $8,067,811 from individuals, $2,041,606 from corporations, $1,784,113 from foundations, and $1,054,588 from associations and others.


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