Regents’ Roundup


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.

Tenure appointments

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.

Facilities projects

The Regents took the following actions related to facilities projects on the Ann Arbor campus.

  • Women’s Gymnastics Facility: A new facility for the women’s gymnastics program will be built adjacent to the tennis facility on South State Street.

    “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.

  • Science Instruction Center Building/Palmer Drive Life Sciences Complex: The Regents authorized the appointment of the SmithGroup Inc. as the architect-of-record and Michael Wilford Architects Ltd., London, England, to lead the design of the Science Instruction Center Building. The building will be located on top of the Palmer Drive Parking Structure in the area that will be home to the Life Sciences Institute Building and the Commons Building.

    The Regents approved proceeding with planning of the building at their September 2000 meeting.

  • Palmer Drive Central Chillers/Life Sciences Complex: The Regents approved issuing this project for bids and awarding a construction contract. The central chiller plant at the Palmer Drive site will support the Life Sciences Institute Building, the Palmer Drive Commons Building, the Walgreen Drama Center and the Undergraduate Science Center. Central chillers are an efficient and cost-effective way to provide and maintain air conditioning for these buildings. The anticipated cost is $8.7 million, with funding from Utility Department Central Power Plant Maintenance and Equipment funds and other central sources.

  • Yost Arena seating: With the design phase of this project nearing completion, the Regents approved issuing the project for bids and awarding construction contracts. The project, estimated to cost $1.4 million, will see the addition of approximately 300 premium seats in a new upper-level balcony on the east side of Yost Arena. Funding will be provided through hockey game ticket sales. Preparation work will begin this winter as the project must be completed by the start of the next hockey season, Oct. 2, 2001. Construction will begin after the close of this year’s hockey season. The Regents approved the project in July 2000 and Rossetti and Associates Inc. was appointed architect.

  • UMHHC Chillers: Beginning in fall 2001, four chillers that are part of the University Hospital infrastructure will be replaced over a three-to-five-year time frame to meet increasing demands for cooling. The Regents approved replacement of one chiller and issuing the project for bids at an estimated cost of $4.4 million. Funding will be provided by the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC) Department of Facilities.

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