The University Record, April 26, 1999

Harper recommended as interim VP for student affairs

By Joel Seguine
News and Information Services

President Lee C. Bollinger announced April 20 that he is recommending the appointment of E. Royster Harper as interim vice president for student affairs. Harper, who is senior associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, would take up the position being vacated by Maureen Hartford. Hartford will leave the University early this summer to become president of Meredith College near Raleigh, N.C.

The appointment is pending approval by the Board of Regents at its May meeting.

Hartford, who departs for her new post on June 7, said, "I leave the University knowing that Student Affairs is in good hands. Royster Harper is both a good manager and an extremely caring person who always acts on the philosophy that the students come first, that they are at the center of what we do."

Harper earned a B.S. in special education and English in 1973 and an M.A. in special education in 1974, both from the U-M. She is a pre-candidate for a Ph.D. in higher education at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.

Before joining the Office of Student Affairs in 1991, Harper was assistant to the vice president for academic affairs and to the LS&A dean in 1989-90 with primary responsibility for integrating students' academic and non-academic experiences and improving the quality of student life. In 1983-89 she was director of academic services and programs for the Comprehensive Studies Program and the Opportunity Program, responsible for developing academic support systems for inexperienced students. In 1978-83 Harper served as academic counselor, assistant director and director of the Opportunity Program.

She has held teaching positions at Wayne County Community College and with the Atlanta, Ga., Public School System and was a research associate in the Department of Curriculum at the University of Georgia.

Harper was a member of the Ann Arbor Board of Education beginning in 1982 and its president in 1984-85.