Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Search committee formed for CEHHS dean at UM-Dearborn

Kate Davy, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UM-Dearborn, has announced the formation of a search committee for the position of dean of the new College of Education, Health and Human Services.

The Board of Regents approved the move from School of Education to College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) in December. The change will be effective in September and reflects the university's goal to build upon the strength of the education programs while developing a group of health programs to meet student and industry demands.

"Because establishing this college marks a particularly propitious moment in UM-Dearborn's history, vetting candidates for this position is an endeavor of special importance to the entire campus," Davy said.

Jerry Hale, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, will chair the search. Don Bord, professor of natural sciences, will take over as chair when Hale leaves UM-Dearborn this summer. The committee members, from the UM-Dearborn School of Education unless otherwise noted, are:

• John Poster, professor of public administration and education.

• Martha Adler, associate professor of education.

• Stein Brunvand, associate professor of education.

• Seong Hong, Rosalyn Saltz Collegiate Professor of Education, associate professor of education.

• Maiyoua Vang, assistant professor of education.

• John Gillespie, professor of mathematics and statistics, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

• Munna Kachhal, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science.

• Charu Chandra, professor of management, College of Business.

• Reetha Perananamgam, senior academic unit administrator.

• Ann Lampkin-Williams, assistant to the chancellor for multicultural affairs and lecturer I in education.

The university has partnered with Diversified Search to assist the search committee because of the expansiveness of the process.

"The search committee members recently met with representatives from the search firm, and we're very excited to move forward with the process," Hale said. "The success of the reconfigured college is important to the future of the university. So we are mindful of the significance of the search and are excited to be a part of the process."

Following the announcement, Davy said School of Education Dean Edward Silver will continue his appointment through December. Silver's three-year contract was to conclude this June.

"Throughout his tenure Dean Silver has been an enthusiastic and staunch advocate for the School of Education, and he has played a pivotal role in its transition into a new academic unit, the College of Education, Health and Human Services," Davy said.

"As he guided the school toward this new chapter in its history, Dean Silver has never wavered in protecting the schools' reputation for excellence and maintaining its unique identity."