Interim dean of students named
Susan Eklund has agreed to serve as interim dean of students,
Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper announced July
29. Eklund’s appointment will be effective Aug. 9, pending
approval by the Board of Regents.
Before retiring in April, Eklund served for five years as the director
of user services for Michigan Administrative Information Services
and M-Pathways. Her responsibilities included direction and management
of departments, communications and public affairs, Help Desk support,
and change management, transition programs and consultation for central
offices and units.
A graduate of the U-M with a bachelor’s degree in political
science and a juris doctor degree, she served as the Law School assistant
dean for student affairs for eight years and associate dean for 15
During that time, she was responsible for overseeing admissions,
financial aid, curriculum planning, registration, academic advising,
student standards, discipline and professional responsibility certification,
career planning and placement, services for students with disabilities,
and student programs. She also was involved with student activities,
organizations, international programs and technological services.
“With nearly 30 years of solid student affairs and leadership
experience, Ms. Eklund is a seasoned professional who can assist
the Office of the Dean of Students in maintaining its mission: to
ensure that students accomplish their educational and personal goals
within the context of the broader academic purpose of the University.” Harper
“Her proficiencies and insight will play an important role
in planning, guiding, management and accountability for the dean
of students’ area during this intervening period. We are truly
appreciative of the fact that she has come out of retirement briefly
to assist us at this time while we launch a comprehensive national
search for a permanent dean of students.”
The search for a permanent dean will be led by Barbara MacAdam, head
of reference for the U-M Library and former head of the Undergraduate
Library. MacAdam also has served as an adjunct faculty member in
the School of Information and LSA, and as chair of the Student Relations
Advisory Council. Other members of the committee, representing faculty,
staff and students, will be named in the fall, Harper says.
The committee will begin its work in the fall. Questions or comments
on the search should be directed to Dean.of.Students.Search@umich.edu or by calling (734) 764-5132.