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Provost and dean picks get regents' nod

The Board of Regents has approved the appointments of Paul Courant as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs and Glenda L. Haskell as assistant provost of the University. At the Oct. 17 meeting, regents also reappointed Earl Lewis as dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and vice provost for academic affairs.

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Action on the provost appointment came a month after President Mary Sue Coleman announced her desire to have Courant remain in the position for which he has served in an interim capacity since January. Coleman set an effective date of Oct. 1.

"Dr. Courant's record of 29 years of outstanding service as teacher, scholar and administrator make him the ideal candidate to fill the crucial role of provost and executive vice president of academic affairs," Coleman said.

Courant joined the faculty in 1973. He has served as chair of the Department of Economics and director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). He was appointed a senior fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows and was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor for outstanding teaching.

He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Swarthmore College, as well as master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Princeton University.

Courant's appointment is for three years. Following a comprehensive review after the second year of the term, the appointment may be renewed for a term of five years.

Haskell is no stranger to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. She worked in the office from 1988-96, the last year of which she served as an assistant to the associate provost. More recently she has served as assistant to the dean for academic programs and services at the Rackham School.

Haskell holds a bachelor's degree from Johnson State College in Vermont and a master's degree from the University of Oregon.

"Glenda Haskell will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and intelligence to the provost's office, and we couldn't be more pleased that she is joining us," Courant said.

Lewis has served as dean of the Rackham Graduate School since 1998. His reappointment is for an additional five years.

Courant praised Lewis for "overseeing the continued renovation of the Rackham building and for the development of programs and initiatives throughout the University." Courant also recognized Lewis' work as the leader of the Presidential Advisory Search Committee.

Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in history and psychology from Concordia College, and a master's degree in American history and a doctorate in history from the University of Minnesota. He came to U-M in 1989 as an associate professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studies. He later served as director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and then as senior associate dean of the graduate school. He became interim dean in 1997 and was appointed to the position permanently a year later.

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