The University Record, September 9, 1998

New faces in familiar places

A number of administrative appointments were made starting in late winter, and most of those individuals arrived on campus during the spring and summer months. Here's a quick review of new deans, directors and other administrators.

O'Keefe heads Media Union

Barbara O'Keefe from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) took over as director of the Media Union on Sept. 1. She also is professor of information.

At Illinois, O'Keefe held appointments as professor in the departments of Speech Communication and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, as senior research scientist in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and as director of the Advanced Information Technology Laboratory at the UIUC Library. Her research specialty is scientific collaborations, with a focus on engineering design teams.

O'Keefe says the Media Union is the "most exciting thing I've seen in a long time. It has incredibly rich resources."

Visiting the facility a year ago, O'Keefe was struck by how well the building "worked to support student collaborations. Three or four students were clustered around work stations. The whole space supported them. The building and the way people were using it sold me."

O'Keefe wants the facility to do three things:

• Effectively support everyday teaching and research activities in ways that make it easy for faculty to find and apply new technologies.

• Become a research incubator "that attracts the best minds, inspiring them and helping them find appropriate collaborators to produce new solutions to problems of communication and information management."

• Be a showcase for faculty and student activities in technological exploration and innovation.

 

Kelbaugh assumed deanship of architecture, urban planning July 1

Douglas S. Kelbaugh, professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Washington since 1985, assumed leadership of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning July 1 for a five-year term.

Kelbaugh has taught at eight schools of architecture in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia and delivered lectures at dozens of other schools. He has practiced in the United States and abroad, spoken at scores of conferences and published many papers. He is the editor of The Pedestrian Pocket Book, a national bestseller in its field. He is author of the recently published book COMMON PLACE, Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, which presents the theory, design and policy that came out of the dozen community design high-intensity workshops he organized in Seattle.

His Princeton home was one of the first passive solar homes in the country, and was featured in more than 100 books and periodicals, as were many of his firm's other projects that pioneered energy-efficient architecture.

He hopes to help bridge architecture and urban planning in the college, the University and the community.

 

Wixson is interim dean of School of Education

Karen Wixson, professor of education, became interim dean of the School of Education July 1. A member of the faculty since 1980, she also is associate dean of the School.

"Wixson is a strong leader and has the advantage of knowing many of the current operations and issues within the dean's office and the School of Education," said Provost Nancy Cantor in recommending Wixson's appointment. "I am confident she will provide consistent and effective leadership during the term of her appointment."

"We are very fortunate that she is willing to serve the School and the University during this period of transition."

Her committee memberships include the Rackham Executive Board, the Steering Committee of the America Reads Tutoring Program and the Executive Committee of the English and Education Program.

Wixson is active at the state level, directing efforts to develop state objectives and assessments in reading. She recently directed a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) to develop and pilot Michigan standards and benchmarks in English language arts.

Wixson has for many years been involved in developing the National Assessment of Education Progress reading tests and currently is an adviser for the National Voluntary Reading Test. She also is principle investigator with the OERI Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, awarded to the U-M last fall.

 

Gurin is interim head of LS&A

Patricia Gurin became interim LS&A dean Sept. 1.

Gurin, a member of the faculty since 1966, is professor of psychology and of women's studies, a faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research, and had been chair of the Department of Psychology.

She also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Women's Studies Program and the School of Social Work Visiting Committee, and one of the main spokespersons for the Program on Intergroup Relations, Conflict and Community.

In recommending her appointment, Provost Nancy Cantor noted that "Gurin is an active participant in diversity programs on campus and has been a dedicated teacher and distinguished scholar in social psychology for more than three decades. She is an exceptional scholar, conducting research in social psychology, personality and social structure, adult development and gender roles. Her eight books and monographs with collaborators and numerous articles have paved the way for a generation of investigators exploring personal and social identity.

"I share the widely held view of Dr. Gurin as an extraordinary chair and academic leader on a wide variety of campus issues," Cantor added. "We are very fortunate that she is willing to bring her distinguished leadership to the College at this critical time."

 

Kenyon heads College of Pharmacy

George L. Kenyon became dean of the College of Pharmacy Sept. 1. He also is professor of pharmaceutical chemistry with tenure and the Tom D. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy.

He comes to the U-M from the University of California, San Francisco, where he was professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry and dean of the School of Pharmacy there since 1994, following a one-year term as interim dean.

A chemist and a biochemist, Kenyon is heavily involved in computer-assisted drug design, primarily targeting drugs to treat AIDS, cancer and some of the major parasitic diseases, particularly those such as malaria that are common in developing nations.

Kenyon says he was attracted to the U-M post by the "new leadership offered by the president and provost and their strong commitment, along with that of the faculty, to trying to increase the prominence of the U-M in the scientific arena."

Kenyon views himself as a consensus-builder, "very receptive to new ideas from everyone in the organization, especially about how things can be improved or made more efficient. I'm a listener," he said. He is looking forward to "building bridges with other campus units."

 

Schoem is assistant vice president for academic and student affairs

David Schoem is serving as assistant vice president for academic and student affairs in a new position that reports jointly to Provost Nancy Cantor and Maureen Hartford, vice president for student affairs, effective Sept. 1. He was LS&A assistant dean for undergraduate education and adjunct assistant professor of sociology.

"As assistant vice president, Dr. Schoem will have responsibility for overseeing undergraduate student initiatives coordinated in central administration," said Cantor and Hartford in recommending the appointment.

"He will have a broad range of responsibility for activities related to and bridging academic affairs and student affairs, such as the living/learning programs. He also will serve as a campus spokesperson on any number of issues related to academic affairs and student affairs, and will play a major role in helping the University address student-related issues concerning institutional diversity. Dr. Schoem will serve as a link between academic affairs and student affairs as well as the academic units."

Schoem teaches courses on intergroup relations and conflict, the American Jewish community, education and socio-cultural change, and reform of higher education.

 

Baier appointed interim associate VP

Henry D. Baier, director of occupational safety and environmental health, was named interim associate vice president for business operations, effective May 18. He succeeds Paul Spradlin, who had been interim associate vice president since January 1996.

"Hank Baier has led the University as it has made significant progress in a number of highly important, visible areas," noted Executive Vice President Robert Kasdin. "He is widely respected throughout the Business Operations units, across the University, and in the Ann Arbor community more broadly."

Baier is responsible for Plant Operations, Plant Extension, Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and the Department of Public Safety.

 

Steward heads Museum of Art

James Steward, a specialist in 18th- and 19th-century European visual culture, took over the reins of the Museum of Art in mid-July. He also is assistant professor in the School of Art and Design and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of History of Art.

Steward comes to the U-M from the Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California where he was chief curator and assistant director. At Berkeley he was responsible for all aspects of the exhibition program and collection development and management. He also supervised a museum internship program and, as an adjunct professor, developed and taught museum studies and period art history courses.

Steward was drawn to the U-M post because of the University's "strong and distinguished history in the arts, and the fact that the Museum has been a leader in its field for over 50 years. At the same time I think there's room for me to make a real contribution," including, he hopes, fostering new and stronger partnerships with other campus departments and other museums locally and nationally, particularly academic museums. "Michigan is such a wonderful university," he said, "and that's important to me, coming from another remarkable public university."

He noted that academic museums, such as the U-M's, have a huge advantage over civic facilities, because "there is a large core of talent to draw on, along with cutting-edge scholarship unequaled in civic museums. The body of talent is unparalleled."

 

Two appointed to Health System posts

Zelda Geyer-Sylvia has been named executive director of M-CARE and Douglas L. Strong has been appointed associate vice president for finance and strategy at the Health System.

Geyer-Sylvia, who will join the U-M Oct. 5, is vice president of plan administration for the Northeast Division of Kaiser Permanente, a managed care company with more than a half-million members in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont.

"We are delighted to have recruited Ms. Geyer-Silvia," said Gilbert S. Omenn, executive vice president for medical affairs, in announcing the appointments July 23. "She joins us at a time when M-CARE is enjoying rapid growth in membership and high ratings from employers. The managed care industry is facing intense public and political scrutiny, and considerable competition and consolidation in the Michigan marketplace. We are convinced Ms. Geyer-Sylvia will be a terrific leader for M-CARE and an excellent partner with its external and internal constituents during this challenging and exciting era."

Strong, who will oversee the financial management of the hospitals and health centers, the Medical School and M-CARE, is associate dean and chief financial officer for the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division and Pritzker School of Medicine. He joined the U-M Sept. 1.

"The recruitment of Douglas Strong from the University of Chicago strengthens our efforts to integrate clinical, research, educational and business functions of the whole University of Michigan Health System," Omenn said.


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