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Search begins for vice president for development

July 10, 2018

Search begins for vice president for development

Topic: Campus News

An advisory committee has been appointed and a search firm has been retained to launch the search for the University of Michigan’s next vice president for development.

President Mark Schlissel has appointed a 10-member search advisory committee, which will be chaired by Laurie K. McCauley, dean and William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, and professor of pathology, Medical School. The executive search firm Witt/Kieffer will assist with the search.

The search is being undertaken to replace Jerry May, who will retire Dec. 31 after dedicating 29 years of his career to fundraising for the university.

“The University of Michigan is made stronger by its great tradition of philanthropy with donors and volunteers who go above and beyond to support our public mission,” Schlissel said. “By working closely with the Michigan family, the VP for development and fundraising staff all around our campus and Michigan Medicine make it possible for us to do what a great research university should do to benefit our students and all of society.”

In addition to McCauley, members of the search advisory committee include:

• Tena Achen, fundraising consultant and former University of Michigan senior executive director, major and leadership gifts, eastern and southern states.

• Tonya Allen, president and chief executive officer, The Skillman Foundation, and U-M alumna.

• Scott DeRue, Edward J. Frey Dean of Business, Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business and professor of management and organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

• Steve Grafton, president and chief executive officer, University of Michigan Alumni Association.

• Kallie Bila Michels, U-M vice president for communications.

• Christina Olsen, director and curator, U-M Museum of Art.

• David Pinsky, J. Griswold Ruth M.D. and Margery Hopkins Ruth Professor of Internal Medicine, professor of internal medicine and of molecular and integrative physiology, Medical School.

• Maher Salah, senior director of development for strategic initiatives, Office of University Development.

• Robert Wood, partner, The McChrystal Group, and U-M alumnus.

• Dennis Barden and Suzanne Teer are the principal consultants for Witt/Kieffer. Stephen Yaros, project manager, will provide staff support in the Office of the President. The position will be formally posted later this month.

Committee members ask that ideas, feedback and nominations for the search be directed to