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Hanlon new associate provost

Provost Paul N. Courant has appointed Philip Hanlon to the position of associate provost for academic and budgetary affairs, pending approval by the Board of Regents. His three-year term will be effective July 1.
(Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

Hanlon currently serves as associate dean for planning and finance in LSA. He is the Donald J. Lewis Collegiate Professor of Mathematics and professor of mathematics with tenure in the college. The 75 percent associate provost appointment will allow him to continue his research and teaching.

"Phil Hanlon brings wide-ranging experience in budgeting, academic planning, teaching and research to this position," Courant says. "As the University continues to face difficult budgetary pressures, Phil's expertise will be most valuable in assuring that we are able to use our resources in the best interests of the University's academic missions.

"He not only brings a deep and broad knowledge of the University to this position, but also the wisdom of his scholarly life in mathematics," Courant says.

Hanlon will fulfill many of the budgetary and planning responsibilities Courant performed as associate under former Provost Nancy Cantor. The position has been vacant since Courant became provost in January 2002. Hanlon will be the direct liaison to deans and directors in many areas of academic and budgetary affairs.

"Much of the enjoyment in this position will come from the challenge of working across different schools and colleges of the University to help align resources in support of academic excellence," Hanlon says.

Hanlon holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a doctorate from California Institute of Technology. He came to the University in 1986 as an associate professor of mathematics and rose to the rank of professor in 1990. He was promoted to the LSA associate dean position 2001.

His research interests lie in the areas of algebraic combinatorics, discrete probability, bioinformatics and theoretical computer science. He has published in a number of professional mathematics journals throughout his career.

In addition to his named professorship, Hanlon's honors include the LSA Excellence in Education Award, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship and the Henry Russel Award.

He has been a visiting professor at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, England; the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Stockholm, Sweden; the Institut des Hautes etudes Scientifique and the University of Strasbourg, both in France; Oxford University; and the Center for Communications Research at Princeton.

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