The University Record, February 27, 1996

Dunn, D'Alecy head SACUA

Selection of the next president will be one of the most pressing issues for faculty during the upcoming year, predicts Thomas M. Dunn, professor of chemistry, who will take over as chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA), on May 1.

Louis G. D'Alecy, professor of physiology in the Departments of Physiology and Surgery, will serve as vice chair. SACUA Chair George J. Brewer announced the election of Dunn and D'Alecy at the Feb. 19 Senate Assembly meeting.

"It is important that we manage to get a president who is pro-faculty," Dunn said. The faculty voice needs to be articulated, consulted and listened to by the new president and members of the administration, said Dunn, who added, "We know the pace of the University has increased. We'd still like to see methods constructed to listen to faculty voices before decisions are made."

D'Alecy said, "We've started to see a movement toward increased participation in governance that has taken the form of re-establishing faculty advisory functions to executive officers, something that had deteriorated in the 1970s and 1980s. We're committed to re-establishing this function for faculty. There are a lot of dedicated faculty who think this movement toward increased faculty governance is a very positive thing."

Dunn, who joined the U-M in 1963, has been active in faculty governance for many years. He chaired SACUA's Academic Affairs Committee in 1991­93, the Task Force on Graduate Student Aid in 1981­82, LS&A's Nominating Committee in 1974 and the University's Budget Priorities Committee in 1972­74.

A former president of the U-M Research Club, Dunn served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Re search Corporation in 1982­85 and the Final Interview Committee for the Selection of the U-M President in 1979. He also has been a member of the Rackham Graduate School Evaluation Committee, English Composition Board, the Governor's Advisory Committee on Science and Technology, and the Board of the University of Michigan Press.

D'Alecy joined the U-M in 1973. He is a member of the American Heart Association, Michigan Society for Medical Research and International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, and is a fellow of the Cardiovascular Section of the American Physiological Society.

His U-M service has included the Academic Affairs Council of the Medical School; Senate Assembly, with service on the Academic Affairs Committee, the SACUA Nominating Committee, and the Curriculum Evaluation Advisory Committee; and the Medical School's Curriculum Policy Committee.