Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 21, 2013

"The Bubble" by Sharad Kant Patel is one of 17 videos in the Many Voices project hosted by the U-M Museum of Art. The collection features the work of community members invited to create videos inspired by various works of art in UMMA's collection. Read more about Many Voices and watch the videos in the collection.

U-M tuition increase for coming year is smallest in nearly 30 years
The general fund budget approved Thursday by the Board of Regents contains the smallest in-state tuition increase in nearly 30 years — 1.1 percent — and the largest-ever increase in financial aid. That combination means that for the fifth straight year there will be no increase in the net cost of attendance for the typical undergraduate student with financial need.
• Also at Thursday's meeting, regents approved budgets for the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn, and were presented with the Athletic Department budget.

University hires firm to help with presidential search
The university has selected a search firm to assist in selecting a replacement for President Mary Sue Coleman, who plans to retire in July 2014 when her current contract expires. Russell Reynolds Associates, one of the leading executive recruiting firms in the world with offices in 26 countries, will lead the search, Regent Laurence Deitch said Thursday.

U-M picks former State Police director to lead Division of Public Safety and Security
Eddie L. Washington Jr., a former director of the Michigan State Police who has worked as a security consultant for U-M and Dow Chemical Co., has been selected as the executive director of the Division of Public Safety and Security. He will start July 23, pending approval by the Board of Regents at the July 18 meeting.

Bertolini to serve as U-M Health System’s top attorney
Gina Bertolini, an attorney with roots in Michigan and experience at an integrated health care system similar to U-M’s, was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents to be the next head of the U-M Health System’s legal office.

New library dean also will serve as vice provost for digital educational initiatives
James L. Hilton, whose appointment as U-M’s next dean of libraries was approved in May, now has been appointed to the new position of vice provost for digital educational initiatives. His vice provost appointment, effective July 1, was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents.

Fischer Newman to chair Board of Regents; White named vice chair
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman will serve as the next chair of the Board of Regents for a one-year term beginning July 1. Regent Katherine White was named vice chair when the appointments were announced Thursday at the board's monthly meeting.
In other action, regents approved renovations at East and West halls, and power upgrades at University Hospital.

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