Joseph A. Walton Jr., assistant professor of internal medicine, was given the emeritus title by the Regents at their April meeting.
Walton, who joined the U-M in 1966, played a key role in the development of the cardiac catheterization program at the U-M Hospitals, the Regents noted. He directed the catheterization laboratory for 17 years and saw the evolution of invasive cardiology from a research tool to a commonly performed procedure that has become an integral part of our diagnostic and treatment armamentarium.
Dr. Walton will be best remembered as a quiet gentleman who influenced the careers of several generations of trainees by exposing them to the joys of clinical patient care.
Bus Ad establishes Edwards Professorship
Establishment of the Alfred L. Edwards Collegiate Professorship in the School of Business Administration was approved by the Regents at their April meeting.
This professorship is being established as the result of numerous gifts and pledges from friends and corporate and alumni donors, said Business School Dean B. Joseph White. The purpose of this professorship will be to further the professional development of minority students, and to honor Alfred L. Edwards long and distinguished career as an esteemed educator.
Dr. Edwards years at the U-M were the capstone of a distinguished and diverse career in business education, White said, spanning over 40 years of teaching and research at universities and government agencies.
In his tireless efforts on behalf of minority students, Dr. Edwards was instrumental in developing the LEAD Program, which introduces outstanding minority high school students to career possibilities in business, economics, finance and management. He also was a long-time member and adviser with the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, a nationwide program that encourages underrepresented minorities to pursue graduate study for managerial positions.
Faculty appointments OK'd
Faculty appointments, with tenure, approved by Regents at their April meeting included:
Igor Kriz, from the University of Chicago, will become associate professor of mathematics, effective Sept. 1.
Jonathan S. Bromberg, from the Medical University of South Carolina, will be associate professor of surgery and of microbiology and immunology, effective July 1.
Nearly $4.7 million in gifts accepted
The Regents accepted $7,691,647 in gifts received during March. The total included $4,658,994 from individuals, $2,004,082 from corporations, $544,073 from foundations, and $484,498 from associations and others.
Danos to head Business School research activities
Prof. Paul Danos of the School of Business Administration will serve as director of the Schools Division of Research for a five-year term beginning Sept. 1.
Danos is the Arthur Andersen Professor of Accounting, professor of accounting, and senior associate dean at the Busines School. His additional administrative appointment was approved by the Regents at their April meeting
Engineering Center construction bid awarded
Approval of a $13,420,000 construction contract for the proposed Engineering Center on the North Campus was granted by the Regents at their Apirl meeting.
The low bidder is Sorensen Gross Construction Co. of Flint. The project budget has been revised from $15 million to $16.5 million, to be funded by the state through the State Building Authority.
The Engineering Center, more than 100,000 gross square feet, will be located directly south of the Walter E. Lay Automotive Lab.
Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack explained that the new building is designed to meet several needs within the College of Engineering, including enlarged space for undergraduate student records, counseling and financial aid offices, undergraduate study and lounge space, and engineering student organizations.