The University Record, July 22, 1998

Beverly Schmoll to be interim chancellor at Flint

By Jane R. Elgass

Beverly J. Schmoll, dean of graduate programs and research and professor of physical therapy at the University of Michigan-Flint, will be recommended as interim chancellor of the Flint campus. The recommendation by President Lee C. Bollinger will be acted upon by the Regents at its July 16 meeting. The appointment will be effective Aug. 1.

Schmoll succeeds Charlie Nelms, who announced in January that he would be stepping down.

Schmoll is an active researcher, her work focusing on carpal tunnel syndrome, upper quadrant cumulative trauma disorders, and methods of research, education and professional development in physical therapy.

In recommending Schmoll's appointment, Bollinger noted that she "has overseen the addition of several new graduate programs at the master's level, has strengthened ties with the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses in areas of graduate education, and has enhanced administrative support for research and graduate education on the Flint campus.

"Dr. Schmoll is a highly respected faculty member and an insightful and effective administrator," Bollinger added. "I am confident that she will be an outstanding interim chancellor for the U-M-Flint."

Schmoll said she feels "honored and privileged to be the interim chancellor," adding that one of her key roles will be to "work with the campus and the community to prepare for the next chancellor."

She wants to foster discussions on the Flint campus and throughout the greater community "about our expectations, the key things we hope the new chancellor will pursue, the things that that individual can bring to the campus. While the search process helps with this," Schmoll added, "the appointment of a new leader always offers an opportunity to think about the future of our institution and our vision of what we want the campus to be."

A search for a permanent chancellor is under way. An advisory committee has met with Flint faculty, students and staff and with members of the greater Flint community. The committee is reviewing nominations and applications this summer, and has been asked to submit an unranked list of five candidates to Bollinger in September.

It is expected that Bollinger will announce three to five final candidates for further consideration, with those individuals visiting the Flint campus in September and October, meeting with a wide variety of individuals and groups from the campus and community. Bollinger will select a final candidate and recommend that individual's appointment to the Board of Regents, possibly as early as October.

Schmoll holds a B.A. degree in physical therapy and M.A. in human development and relationships from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from the Administration and Higher Education Program of Adult and Continuing Education at Michigan State University. She is a registered physical therapist.

Prior to joining U-M-Flint in 1984 as an assistant professor in the Program in Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences, Schmoll held adjunct clinical visiting lecturer appointments at Wayne State, the U-M, and Ohio State and Oakland universities.

She was appointed associate professor in 1988 and professor in 1995. Schmoll served as acting director of the Flint Program in Physical Therapy in 1986-87 and director of the Physical Therapy Department in 1988-93. She also was interim director of graduate and special programs in 1993-96 and was named dean in January 1996. Schmoll has been a member of a number of committees, task forces and organizations at U-M-Flint.

Her research has appeared in a dozen refereed publications and book chapters, and she has served as a consultant to numerous organizations. She was a fellow of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Kellogg Foundation, Academic Leadership Academy, in 1991-93 and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.

She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Michigan and American Physical Therapy Associations and the Michigan Association for Adult and Continuing Education. She also is a member of the Flint Area League of Women Voters and the American Red Cross.

Schmoll's honors include the Outstanding and Exemplary Service Awards and the President's Recognition Award from the Michigan Physical Therapy Association, Outstanding Alumni Award from the Wayne State Department of Physical Therapy and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wayne State Alumni Association, as well as the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Schmoll has served on the editorial boards of a number of publications, including Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: An International Journal of Physical Therapy; Physical Therapy; Options, a publication of the Michigan Association for Adult and Continuing Education; and the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. She also was guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education that focused on educational leadership.