Monts continues as senior
counselor to president
President Mary Sue Coleman has announced that Lester Monts will
continue his appointment as senior counselor to the president for
the arts, diversity and undergraduate affairs.
|Monts (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo
"I am greatly pleased that Lester Monts has agreed to continue
in this role,” Coleman says. "Enhancing the experience
of our undergraduate students, striving to create a diverse and
mutually respectful community and building upon our excellence in
arts and culture are efforts of great importance to the University.
I am deeply committed to them as president. Lester has done a tremendous
job in advancing these efforts in his role as senior counselor.
He is an excellent member of the president’s leadership team,
and I look forward to working with him in carrying forward the Undergraduate
Initiative and addressing matters related to the arts and diversity.”
Monts, who was appointed by former Interim President B. Joseph White,
will take the lead on implementing the Undergraduate Initiative,
following up on the report of the President’s Commission on
the Undergraduate Experience issued last year. He will continue
advising the president on matters related to diversity and the arts
on campus. Monts also continues in the position of senior vice provost
for academic affairs.
As senior vice provost, Monts assists on matters related to budget,
tenure and promotion, enrollment, and a broad range of academic
issues. He oversees the operation of several academic units, including
the Arts at Michigan Program, the Center for Research in Learning
and Teaching, the offices of Academic Multicultural Initiatives,
New Student Programs, Examinations and Evaluations, the Registrar,
Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Information Systems,
and the Army, Navy and Air Force officer training programs.
Monts received a bachelor’s degree in music education from
Arkansas Polytechnic College, a master of music degree in trumpet
performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctorate
in musicology from the University of Minnesota. He has focused his
scholarly research on the musical and cultural systems among the
Vai people of Liberia and is regarded as one of the world’s
leading scholars on music and culture in the Guinea Coast region
of West Africa.
Monts served on the President’s Commission on the Undergraduate
Experience. His board memberships include the College Board Academic
Assembly Council, chair of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation
Diversity Officers, the Advisory Committee of the United Negro College
Fund’s Patterson Research Institute, the Academic Assembly
Council of the College Board, Visiting Committee of the Harvard
University Department of Music, the Board of Trustees of the University
Musical Society and the editorial board of the University of Michigan
For more information on the President’s Commission on the
Undergraduate Experience, visit