Editor’s Note: The following actions were taken by the Regents at their November meeting.
By Mary Jo Frank, Office of the Vice President for Communications, and Jane R. Elgass
Academic administrative appointments
Appointment of the following academic administrators was approved:
Frank P. Stafford, associate director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) and professor of economics, was appointed acting director of ISR, effective Jan. 1–June 30, 2001.
Kiumi Akingbehin, professor of computer and information science, U-M-Dearborn, was appointed acting chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science, effective Sept. 1–Dec. 31.
The Regents approved these tenure appointments:
Julie A. Sochalski, associate director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, will be associate professor of nursing, with tenure, effective Jan. 1, 2001.
Rei Terada, associate professor of English, with tenure, also will be associate professor of comparative literature, with tenure, effective Sept. 1, 2000.
The Regents accepted $12,800,301 in gifts received in October. The total included $4,989,559 from individuals, $1,393,902 from corporations, $4,956,412 from foundations, and $1,460,428 from associations and others.
The Regents took the following actions related to facilities projects on the Ann Arbor campus.
“Over the past 10 years, the women’s gymnastics program has finished consistently among the top 10 teams in the country, garnering eight Big Ten titles,” said Henry Baier, associate vice president for facilities and operations. “During that time, approximately 40 U-M women gymnasts have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better.
“The current facility, located in the Coliseum Building and last renovated 10 years ago, falls significantly short of meeting training requirements. The new, 20,000-gross-square-foot building will include open space for training, locker rooms, exercise rooms and offices,” Baier explained.
The Regents approved appointing David W. Osler Associates Inc. as the architect for design of the project, estimated to cost $3.2 million. Funding will be provided from a pledged donation of $3.5 million over the next six years that will include $300,000 to cover life-cycle maintenance of the building and contingency support.
The Regents approved proceeding with planning of the building at their September 2000 meeting.