Regents Roundup — March 2021


The Board of Regents approved the following items at its March 25 meeting:

Regents thank CFO Hegarty for service

The Board of Regents thanked Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kevin Hegarty for his friendship and service over the past six years. A board resolution offered Hegarty “sincere congratulations” as he retires from his position in April. The resolution says Hegarty created a “positive and inclusive organization for the nearly 3,000 employees across Business and Finance — (creating) a work environment in which people felt valued, believe that what they did mattered and were empowered to make a difference.” Hegarty oversaw important capital investments in a wide array of university facilities, with capital asset additions totaling nearly $4 billion. “During his tenure the endowment grew from $10 billion to nearly $14 billion, increasing financial resources that support scholarship and other priorities,” the resolutions reads. It says he “stepped up to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic … and he leaves the university financially strong and well positioned for the future.”

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Katherine Michelmore, associate professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective Aug. 30, 2021.

Named professorships

Elizabeth S. Anderson, Max Shaye Professor of Public Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

*Justin A. Colacino, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, effective March l, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2021.

Joshua H. Cole, Richard Hudson Research Professor of History, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2021.

Brian T. Denton, Stephen M. Pollock Collegiate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2021, through Feb. 28, 2026.

*Renny T. Franceschi, Marcus L. Ward Collegiate Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry, effective May 1, 2021, through April 30, 2026.

*Elizabeth B. Moje, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, School of Education, effective Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2025.

Sarah E. Moss, William Wilhartz Professor of Philosophy, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Jeffrey S. Moyer, Shan R. Baker, M.D. Collegiate Professor of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery, Medical School, effective March 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Bhramar Mukherjee, John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective March 1, 2021, through Nov. 30, 2026.

Duxin Sun, Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, effective May 1, 2021, through April 30, 2026.

Administrative appointments

*Dana Dolinoy Cipolla, NSF International Department Chair of Environmental Health Sciences and chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2024.

Lawrence M. La Fountain-Stokes, chair, Department of American Culture, LSA, effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.

Lisa K. Low, associate dean for professional graduate studies, School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.

Paul Mohai, associate dean for research and engagement, School for Environment and Sustainability, effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023.

Bethany B. Moore, chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School, effective April 1, 2021.

*Jane Prophet, associate dean for research, creative practice and strategic initiatives, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.

Brian T. Smith, interim executive vice president and chief financial officer, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective May 1, 2021.

Other transactions

Captain Scott A., Bunnay, chair, Navy Officer Education Program, effective Aug. 1, 2021, through July 31, 2024.

Flint campus

Cynthia A. McCurren, professor of nursing, School of Nursing, effective April 1, 2021.

Yener Kandogan, interim dean, School of Management, effective May 1, 2021.



Barbara A. Bolek, librarian in the Mardigian Library, UM-Dearborn, Dec. 31, 2020. Bolek received her B.A. and M.L.I.S. degrees from Wayne State University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. For 45 years, she devoted her life to the field of library and information science, working in public, special (medical) and academic libraries. She joined UM-Dearborn as an assistant librarian/cataloger in the technical services department in 2002. Bolek was promoted to associate librarian in 2005, to senior associate librarian in 2009 and to librarian in 2016. Bolek played a key role in ensuring materials were easily accessible via the catalog and in the physical material collection. She participated in the Michigan School Program Information withdrawal project and supervised and trained student employees in the Technical Services Department. Bolek also served on the Campus Benefits Committee and was a mentor at Women on the Move events. For 12 years, she served on the Commission for Women board, chairing the Professional Development Committee and co-chairing the Susan B. Anthony Awards Committee. She served as chair of the Commission for Women, volunteered with the Wyandotte-Downriver Chapter of the American Association of University Women and served on the American Library Association’s Public Relations Exchange Committee. She was also involved with the Southeast Michigan League of Libraries and assisted in the creation of the Michigan Academic Library Association.

Stephen W. Chensue, professor of pathology in the Medical School, April 4, 2021. Chensue received his Ph.B. in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1979 from Wayne State University, and his M.D. in 1983 from U-M. After a research fellowship and clinical residency, he joined U-M as an assistant professor in 1987. He was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and to professor in 2005. Chensue was a diagnostic pathologist and internationally recognized research immunologist with expertise in the cellular immunology of granulomatous diseases. He authored or co-authored 165 published papers and 29 books and book chapters. His work established the reclassification of granulomatous inflammation based on the nature of T lymphocyte subclass participation. His other work exploring the effect of aging on immune responses revealed the differential rate of degradation of Th1 and Th2 mediated inflammation during the aging process. In 2001, he was appointed service chief and medical laboratory director of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Michigan-affiliated Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Medical Center. Under his administration, diagnostic pathology services for multiple VA medical centers in Michigan were consolidated to the Ann Arbor facility and the department underwent transformative modernizations. His tenure included support for and participation in a number of clinical research projects, including a recently published study of SARS-CoV-2 infection among VA medical center employees.

Henry Greenspan, lecturer IV in the Residential College in LSA, May 31, 2019. Greenspan received his A.B. in 1970 and his M.Ed. in 1973 from Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from Brandeis University. Greenspan came to U-M as a junior fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows in 1977. He worked as a senior counselor at Counseling Services, now Counseling and Psychological Services, from 1983-88 and joined the Residential College in 1987. In the Residential College, Greenspan was an academic adviser and chair of the first-year Seminar and Social Theory and Practice programs. Since the 1970s, he has been interviewing, writing and teaching about Holocaust survivors. Both editions of his book, “On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History” and “On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony,” provide crucial contributions to Holocaust studies. Greenspan wrote the chapter on survivor testimony for the “Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies.” He was an adviser to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and was selected as the museum’s sixth annual Weinmann Lecturerin 2000. He co-led the annual Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar for professors of holocaust courses in 2011. Greenspan was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the Centre of Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University in Montreal in 2012. His play, “Remnants,” has been performed at more than 300 venues worldwide.

Warren J. Hecht, lecturer IV in the Residential College in LSA, Dec. 30, 2016. Hecht received his B.A. from The City College of New York in 1969 and joined the Residential College in 1970 as a writer-in-residence. He was subsequently hired as a lecturer and established and led the Residential College’s creative writing program for more than 30 years.He was appointed a lecturer III in 1992 (later upgraded to a lecturer IV). Hecht was a core fiction instructor in the Creative Writing program, serving as program head until 2005 and again in 2006-07. In nearly every year since the program’s creation, he taught the creative writing concentration’s gateway course in prose fiction, as well as intermediate and upper-level creative writing tutorials. He was instrumental in establishing the Residential College’s one-on-one tutorial approach for intermediate and advanced creative writing students. For more than 15 years, Hecht was the assistant director of academic services. Hecht was the editor of Street Fiction Press Inc. for eight years. His writings have appeared in many journals, including the New Directions Anthology. In 1980, Hecht received the Amoco Foundation Good Teaching Award. He was also an accomplished painter. 

MaryCarol Rossiter Hunter, associateprofessor of environment and sustainability in the School for Environment and Sustainability, Dec. 30, 2020. Hunter received a B.A. in communications in 1970 from the University of Detroit, a B.A. in zoology in 1976 from the University of California, Berkeley, a Ph.D. in 1981 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.L.A. in 1999 from the University of Georgia. She joined U-M as an assistant professor in 2006 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. She has been a licensed landscape architect since 2003. Hunter worked for 15 years as a research scientist focusing on time-lagged negative impacts of poor environmental conditions on fitness, behavior and population ecology. She retrained in landscape architecture to be a first responder to environmental threats by better design of the built environment. After four years in professional practice, she returned to academia to accelerate the training of new sustainability professionals. For 15 years, Hunter worked at the evolving nexus of ecology, psychology and aesthetics. She was recognized internationally in translating ecological processes for the design of resilient urban green space under climate change and designing urban spaces for effective and equitable delivery of psychological ecosystem services. She serves as an adviser for the new Piet Oudolf Public Garden on Belle Isle in Detroit.

Varsha Mehta, clinical professor of pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and clinical professor of pediatrics in the Medical School, Feb. 26, 2021. Mehta received her B.S. in pharmacy in 1977 and her M.S. in medicinal chemistry in 1979 from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India. She earned her Pharm.D. degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1987 and went on to complete a two-year fellowship at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 1989, at which time she joined U-M as a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy and clinical pharmacist. She was promoted to clinical associate professor in 1997. The Medical School appointed her as a clinical associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases in 2002. Mehta completed her M.S. degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis at U-M in 2007. She was promoted to clinical professor of pharmacy and clinical professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases in 2012. A national and international leader in the field of pediatric pharmacy, Mehta’s career was devoted to the care of newborn infants, the education of new generations of pharmacists and the advancement of knowledge in the area of safe and effective drug therapies in pediatric and neonatal patients. She served on the editorial board of two prestigious journals and as associate editor of another. Mehta was elected a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 1999, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pediatrics Practice and Research Network of the ACCP in 2020.

John W. Miller, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dec. 30, 2020. Miller received his B.S.E.E. in 1968, his M.S.E.E. in 1971, his M.S.E.S. in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Toledo. He joined UM-Dearborn as an associate professor in 1987. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1992. Miller specialized in machine vision and techniques for high-speed image processing. He taught and developed several courses on circuits and electronics as well as software systems. Prior to joining the university, Miller was a senior scientist responsible for the design and implementation of advanced machine vision systems within Owens-Illinois. He published more than 50 papers and book chapters on topics related to the use of vision systems for the characterization of small fibers, surface inspection and verification and restoration of missing boundary segments in shattered glass display panels. Miller holds 25 U.S. patents. During his career, Miller received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, Ford, TRW and the Cooke Corp. to support his research. He served on the College Curriculum Committee, was a member of the honor societies Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi, and is a life senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Frederick G. Peters, lecturer IV in the Residential College in LSA, May 31, 2017. Peters received his B.A. in 1957 from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. in English and comparative literature in 1959 from Columbia University, his M.A. in German literature and language in 1962 from Columbia University, his B.Litt. in 1965 from Magdalen College, Oxford University, and his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1972 from King’s College, Cambridge University. Peters began working at U-M in 1979. From 1979-87, he taught in the humanities department, comparative literature program and the German department before becoming a lecturer at the Residential College in 1987. Peters was the director of the Residential College’s comparative literature concentration as well as director of the first-year seminar program while at various times serving on the Residential College’s Executive Committee and Curriculum Committee. Peters taught interdisciplinary courses that compared, contrasted and evaluated perspectives in disparate disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, social science, the natural science, literature, film and the arts. His international teaching included the U-M Italian Program in Florence, Italy, and five summer semesters at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, associate librarian in the University Library, Oct. 29, 2020. Schnitzer received her B.A. from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland in 1959 and her A.M.L.S. from U-M in 1969. She completed graduate work at the University of Maryland. Schnitzer joined U-M as an assistant librarian in 1995 and was promoted to associate librarian in 2010. She began her career at the Taubman Library as the weekend librarian in the reference department, and then served as reference librarian and outreach librarian. She was an advocate for community outreach and diversity in her role as diversity, disability and inclusion informationist. Schnitzer served as the coordinator of the U-M Council for Disability Concerns and as chair of the James T. Neubacher Award Committee. She was also a member of the LSA Disability Committee, the Rackham Disability Committee and Michigan Medicine Ability Committee. Schnitzer received the Friends of the National Library of Medicine’s Michael E. DeBakey Medical Library Services Outreach Award in 2012, the Michigan Medicine Ability’s Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award in 2018, the U-M Student IDEA Board’s Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award in 2019, the U-M Distinguished Diversity Leaders Individual Award in 2011, the U-M Laurita Thomas Diversity Champion Award in 2008, the University Library’s Diversity Award in 2007 and The Ann Arbor Chronicle’s Second Annual Bezonki Award for significant contributions to the Ann Arbor community in 2012.

Frank W. Thompson, lecturer IV in the Residential College in LSA, May 31, 2013. Thompson received his B.A. in 1964 from the University of Kansas and his A.M. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1973 from Harvard University. He taught philosophy as an assistant professor at Indiana University for five years. Thompson left academia in the mid-1970s and worked as a social activist, later pursuing his interests in economic and social change by studying economics and earning his second M.A. in 1989 and Ph.D. in 1998 from U-M. In 1985, Thompson began working as a teaching assistant in U-M’s Department of Economics. He was hired as a lecturer in the Department of Economics and the Residential College in 1990. Thompson’s teaching and research centered in political economy and intergenerational justice. Thompson acted as the head of the Residential College social science program from 1996-2003 while serving on the economics department’s Undergraduate Program Committee. In addition to teaching, he worked as an adviser for both the economics and the Residential College’s social theory and practice programs. He also facilitated study abroad programs in Argentina, Cuba and Germany. In 1998, Thompson received an award from the Christopher Reynolds Foundation in support of his research in Cuba. He worked as a visiting professor at Nagoya University in 2012 and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2013. Thompson also served as a member of the editorial board for the Review of Radical Political Economics and for the Lateinamerika Analysen.


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