Willis appointed new
dean of students
The appointment of Ed Willis as the new
dean of students completes a team that
will enhance student services at the University.
Joining Willis, who comes to U-M from
a similar position at the University of
Toledo, is Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, newly
appointed as associate dean of students,
and a new slate of directors in various
areas of student services:
- Robert Holmes, ombudsman
- Loren Rullman, director, University
- Todd Sevig, director, Counseling
and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Kelly Cichy, director, Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC)
- Monita Thompson, co-director, Intergroup
Relations, Conflict and Community (IGRCC)
We have worked very hard in recent
months to assemble a group of highly experienced
and talented people who will focus on
broadening and enhancing our ability to
help students get the most from their
time with us at Michigan, says E.
Royster Harper, vice president for student
affairs. Ed and Stephanie will work
closely together, supported by our new
group of student services directors to
enhance the lives of our students outside
the classroom. With this team in place,
were ready to take our efforts to
a new level.
Willis, a New Jersey native, has 24
years of student affairs experience, working
at the University of Missouri-Columbia,
Rutgers University, St. Johns University,
North Carolina A & T State University
and The University of Toledo. His range
of experience includes multicultural student
affairs, Greek life, student judicial
affairs, orientation, womens center,
veterans affairs, student unions,
student activities, leadership programs,
career services, student development and
tutorial services. He has a bachelors
degree from Montclair State University,
a masters degree in education from
Rutgers and is a Ph.D. candidate at Toledo.
Willis says that his most striking impressions
during his first few weeks on campus are
the warm and welcoming atmosphere and
the diversity of the University community.
It feels as though people really
want to be here, he says. Willis
sees his broad experience in all aspects
of student affairs as the key strength
he brings to his new job. I think
its a good fit in this very complex
environment, he says.
Willis says he is known for wearing
out pairs of shoes walking around the
campuses where he has worked, meeting
students and addressing their needs first
hand. Beyond getting to know people and
the workings of the University, Willis
says he will take a close look at staffing
and structure in his office. I want
to make sure we have the resources, human
and otherwise, to serve the needs of our
Pinder-Amaker received a bachelor of
science degree with honors in psychology
from Duke University. After completing
a pre-doctoral internship at the Yale
University School of Medicine, she received
her doctorate in clinical psychology from
Vanderbilt University. Pinder-Amaker has
extensive teaching and clinical experience.
Since Jan. 2002, she has provided support
and coordination for critical student
incidents at U-M.
This is a wonderful opportunity,
and I am proud and excited to be joining
such an excellent team, says Pinder-Amaker.
In her new position, she will supervise
the specialized services portfolio, which
includes CAPS, SAPAC and Services for
Students with Disabilities.
Theres a lot of overlap
in my professional training in these areas,
she says, especially my clinical
training and experience. Ive also
worked full time as a tenured faculty
member, which links me with that aspect
of a students life. And having already
been on campus for a year, Ive been
able to build relationships that are important
to my new work.
Holmes has a long history of service
at U-M, including positions as director
of human resource development, executive
adviser for M-Quality and assistant vice
president for academic affairs.
Rullman comes to U-M from Southeast
Missouri State University, where he was
assistant vice president for enrollment
management and director of student auxiliary
Sevig moves into the directors
position at CAPS from his role as senior
assistant director for clinical services
there. He also has worked with IGRCC and
has taught classes in that program and
in the Department of Psychology.
Cichy, who took over the directorship
of SAPAC earlier this summer, came to
U-M from The Womens Center in Carbondale,
Ill., where she worked for more than 12
years as a volunteer board member, rape
crisis volunteer, sexual assault program
coordinator and executive director.
Thompson has been with IGRCC since 1993
as a facilitator, research assistant,
trainer and associate director.