The University Record, October 21, 1998

Regents’ Roundup

Editor’s Note: The following actions were taken by the Regents at their October meeting.

Administrative appointments

Approved administrative appointments included:

Lennard A. Fisk, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, was reappointed chair of the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, for a three-year term, effective Sept. 1.

Jacquelynne S. Eccles, the Wilbert J. McKeachie Collegiate Professor of Psychology and professor of psychology and of women’s studies, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Psychology for a one-year term, beginning Sept. 1.

Robert Jon Feigal, professor of dentistry, will serve as interim associate dean for academic affairs of the School of Dentistry, for a one-year term beginning Oct. 1.

Gary M. Olson, professor of psychology and of information, will serve as interim dean of the School of Information, effective Sept. 23.

Thelma K. Thomas, associate professor of history of art, will serve as associate dean for humanities and the humanistic social sciences of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies for a three-year term, effective Jan. 1, 1999.

A. Galip Ulsoy, the William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing and professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, will serve as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, for a five-year term beginning Sept. 1.

Nola J. Pender, professor of nursing and associate dean for academic affairs and research in the School of Nursing, will serve as associate dean for research, effective Oct. 1.


Tenured appointments

Approved tenured faculty appointments included:

James L.M. Ferrara, from Harvard University, will be professor of internal medicine and of pediatrics and communicable diseases, effective Nov. 1.

Dale Ulrich, from Indiana University, will be associate professor of kinesiology, effective Jan. 1, 1999.


Gifts report

The Regents accepted $10,626,022 in gifts received during September. The total included $3,436,216 from individuals, $1,169,213 from corporations, $5,478,731 from foundations, and $541,862 from associations and others.


Cosovich, McDougal granted emeritus status

Jon Cosovich was named vice president emeritus for development.

“Regarded as one of the nation’s foremost academic development professionals, Mr. Cosovich joined the University on Jan. 1, 1983, having been recruited by President Harold T. Shapiro to lead the University’s fund-raising efforts. In all, he has served with three University presidents and two interim presidents,” the Regents said.

“Mr. Cosovich, whose title was changed to vice president for development and communications in 1985, laid the foundation for the Campaign for Michigan, the largest private gift campaign every undertaken by a public university. In 1993, he was appointed deputy to the president and served both in this capacity and as vice president for development until September 1, 1994. As deputy to the president, Mr. Cosovich has assisted in searches for senior University personnel and has represented the University on a variety of boards, committees and other organizations associated with higher education, government and the private sector.”

Stuart Y. McDougal, professor of English, also was given the emeritus title.

McDougal joined the U-M in 1972. “His first book, Ezra Pound and the Troubadour Tradition, established his reputation as a leading scholar of 20th-century American poetry in a historical and comparative context,” the Regents said. “In time, his interest shifted more toward film and the relation between film and literature. He produced the influential textbook Made Into Movies: From Literature to Film, which has gone through five printings so far. In 1981-97, he also directed the Program in Comparative Literature. Under his leadership, the program improved both its curricular coherence and its national visibility.”

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