The University Record, April 8, 1998

Dean Edie N. Goldenberg announces resignation

From the Office of University Relations


Edie N. Goldenberg announced Monday (April 6) that she will be stepping down from her position as LS&A dean, effective Aug. 31, after serving for nine years, the longest term of any LS&A dean since World War II. She is the 15th LS&A dean and the first woman appointed to the position.

In a letter to the LS&A community Monday morning, Goldenberg indicated that she feels "very fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve our College and University in this role" and that "it's time for a change." She expressed her gratitude to the faculty and staff for the many ways they "contribute to the success of the College." She will return to the faculty.

During Goldenberg's term, the College expanded undergraduate seminars and research opportunities, created 36 new chairs for distinguished faculty, increased its academic distinction internationally, and created state-of-the-art facilities for instruction and research. Last fall the College announced the successful completion of a five-year campaign to raise $180 million, believed to be the largest fund-raising effort of any public university on behalf of its arts and sciences college.

"The University has seen extraordinary intellectual advances in the College in recent years, including the strengthening of the faculty and a renewed focus on undergraduate education," President Lee C. Bollinger said. "Under Dean Goldenberg's leadership, the College also has benefited enormously from the development of new programs in the humanities, renovation of aging facilities and rapid growth in the College's endowment, which has increased funds for undergraduate scholarships, financial support of graduate students and supplements to reward distinguished faculty," he added.

"The liberal arts and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts could have had no stronger champion at Michigan for the past nine years than Dean Goldenberg. With great vision and sensitivity to the academic needs of students, she has led the College's successful efforts to improve undergraduate education," noted Provost Nancy Cantor. "Her diligence has had a positive influence on all of us involved in the academic enterprise--undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty--and we are extremely grateful to Dean Goldenberg for her dedication and service."

LS&A is the largest college at the U-M. With 17,000 students and 1,100 faculty, it accounts for two-thirds of the undergraduate students and one-third of the faculty of the University. Goldenberg has been a member of the political science and public policy faculties at here since 1974. She has conducted research on the role of the mass media in political campaigns and public policy, and on the functioning of the federal bureaucracy. She has published numerous articles and is the author of Making the Papers: The Access of Resource-Poor Groups to the Metropolitan Press (1975) and Campaigning for Congress (1984).

Goldenberg has received many honors including election to the National Academy of Public Administration (1987), the Goldsmith Award from Harvard University (1993), a Faculty Recognition Award (1984) and the Sarah Goddard Power Award (1996). She has been an invited Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and at the Woodrow Wilson Center. For her federal service, Goldenberg received an Award for Superior Accomplishment. In 1997, Crain's Detroit Business named Goldenberg one of Detroit's most influential women. Goldenberg serves on the boards of Great Lakes Bancorp and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT).

Before becoming dean, Goldenberg served as the director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies. She spent two years in Washington, D.C., with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), where she was first the special assistant to the deputy director and later the chief of two OPM divisions. She also served as an election consultant for ABC television. Before coming to Michigan, she taught at Stanford University and worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe.

Goldenberg graduated from MIT and holds an M.A. (1968) and a Ph.D. (1974) in political science from Stanford University.