Regents’ Roundup


Editor’s Note: The following actions were taken by the Regents at their December meeting. All appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2001, unless otherwise noted.

By Jane R. Elgass

Joint degree approved

A new joint Ph.D. program in public policy and social science was approved by the Regents at their December meeting. Under the auspices of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and LS&A, the program will offer three degrees: Ph.D. in public policy and economics, Ph.D. in pubic policy and political science, and Ph.D. in public policy and sociology.

The new program links existing doctoral programs in economics, political science and sociology for a more focused examination of public policy. It is designed to ensure that graduate students combine full training in theoretical and methodological traditions of their chosen social science field with additional training in public policy.

Envisioned as a small, selective program, the anticipated enrollment is six students per year, two in each social science discipline. Students must be accepted by the relevant social science department and the Ford School. Students, who will be enrolled for five years, will be supported by a combination of fellowship funding, and teaching and research assistantships.

Tenure appointments

The following individuals were appointed to tenured positions:

Sharon C. Glotzer, from the University of Maryland, College Park, will be associate professor of chemical engineering.

Marcia Inhorn, from Emory University, will be associate professor of health behavior and health education.

Marc E. Lippman, from Georgetown University, will be professor of internal medicine, effective Jan. 8. He also will be the John G. Searle Professor of Internal Medicine and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.

Jeffrey E. Mirel, from Emory University, will be professor of education. He also will be professor of history without tenure.

Mark R. Opp, from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, will be associate professor of anesthesiology, effective Dec. 15. He also will be associate professor of physiology without tenure.

Louise K. Stein, of the U-M, was promoted to professor of music (musicology).

J. Hunter Waite Jr., a U-M adjunct professor, will be professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences.

Academic administrative appointments

The following academic administrative appointments were approved.

Lennard Fisk, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, was reappointed chair of the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, effective Sept. 1, 2001.

David C. Hyland, professor of aerospace engineering, was reappointed chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, effective July 1, 2001

William J. Adams, professor of economics, was appointed LS&A dean for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2000.

Jeffrey Alan Alexander was appointed senior associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Public Health. He also is the Richard Carl Jelinek Professor in Health Services Management, professor of health management and policy, and professor of organizational behavior and human resource management.

Philip J. Hanlon, the Donald J. Lewis Collegiate Professor of Mathematics and professor of mathematics, was appointed LS&A associate dean for planning and finance.

Positions renamed

John H. Matlock, assistant provost, will be associate vice provost. He also is director of the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives.

Lester P. Monts, associate provost for academic affairs, will be senior vice provost for academic affairs. He also is professor of music (ethnomusicology).

Named, titled professorships

David M. Halperin, professor of English, was appointed the W.H. Auden Professor of English Language and Literature.

James O. Wolliscroft was named the Lyle C. Roll Professor in the Medical School. He also is professor of internal medicine, associate dean for graduate medical education and executive associate dean, Medical School.


The Regents accepted $14,643,819 in gifts received during November—$10,916,945 from individuals and $3,726,874 from corporations, foundations, associations and others.


East Quadrangle

East Quadrangle Residence Hall will receive a new fire detection alarm system and replacement of electrical systems in the south half of the building as part of a $5.5 million renovation. Construction will occur during the summer, with completion expected in fall 2002. The project is funded from University Housing revenues.

Perry Building

The Regents approved proceeding with plans for a 40,000-gross-square-foot addition to the Perry Building for Institute for Social Research (ISR) programs. In 1998, the Regents approved renovation of the building for ISR’s Data Survey and Technology unit. That project is slated for completion in 2002.

The addition will house the Inter-university Consortium for Political Science Research, currently housed in leased space, and the Survey Methodology Program. Planned common spaces in the addition include a video conference room and student lounge area.

Estimated cost of the addition is $13.2 million, funded by ISR. Design work will begin in January, with construction slated for spring 2002 and completion near the end of 2003.

Einhorn Yaffe and Prescott, Architecture & Engineering P.C., the architect of record for the renovation project, was commissioned to develop the program and concept for the addition and will continue as the designer.

S.T. Dana Building

Phase I of the Dana Building renovation, approved by the Regents in 1998, has been completed. It included enclosure of the interior courtyard to create additional program space and modification of the roof to accommodate mechanical support space.

Phase II of the project was approved in March 1999, with Quinn Evans/Architects as architect in association with William McDonough + Partners, Architects and Planners. The state approved Phase II as a capital outlay project and, through the State Building Authority, is providing 75 percent of the estimated original cost of $15 million. The balance will be funded by the central administration and gifts.

Phase II (primarily renovation and rehabilitation of 104,000 square feet of space) includes a significant number of “green” features for the home of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, including the Center for Sustainable Systems. Bids were more costly than the estimated $15 million due to the perceived complexity of the green projects and proposed construction schedule. Following review of the bids, a number of reductions in scope were made to the project.

In addition, the University decided to include rehabilitation of the fourth floor, to be used as surge space until the project is completed. This decision, along with retaining a number of important green projects, resulted in a revised $17.7 million estimate for Phase II. Construction in three phases is slated to begin in May 2001, with completion in late fall 2002.

The Regents approved proceeding with the project, provided it remains within the approved budget and the state approves the adjusted scope.

Parking Services

The Regents approved the estimated $3.9 million cost of the 2001 Parking Services Maintenance Program. Major projects include structural repairs to the East Medical Center Drive Parking Structure, rebuilding and repaving the parking lot at Fuller/Beal Roads, and replacement of elevators in the Hill Street Structure. Additional projects include minor improvements to several parking lots, annual maintenance of parking decks, lighting and landscaping improvements.

Funding will be provided by Parking Services, with work scheduled to coincide with the summer paving season. The projects will be designed by the Plant Extension Department.

UMHHC Projects

Two U-M Hospital and Health Centers

(UMHHC) projects were approved.

  • The Women’s Hospital Birthing Center will be expanded with the addition of two more rooms and a newborn triage area. This is an interim measure to address current high demands while planning continues for construction of a new hospital for children and women. The estimated $570,000 cost will be funded by the UMHHC capital contingency fund, with completion expected in fall 2001.

  • The Medical Campus Human Resources Department (MCHRD) will move from the North Ingalls Building to the North Campus Administrative Complex (NCAC), formerly the Industrial Technology Institute.

    The move has several advantages. All department functions will be housed in one location, near the main entrance. Job application, interviewing and testing will be located immediately off the lobby, as will the Benefits Office and Payroll Office. A conference room off the main lobby will be designed for shared use, but used exclusively for employee orientation on orientation days. Multiple-use conference/training rooms will include video conference capability.

    The $2,719,000 estimated cost will be funded through the UMHHC Capital Budget for fiscal 2001. Construction should be completed by fall 2001.

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