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King named vice provost

John L. King, dean and professor in the School of Information (SI), has been selected as vice provost for academic information.
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His selection was announced to the campus community April 23 by Interim Provost Edward M. Gramlich. The appointment will be effective June 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

King will be involved directly in the governance of many of U-M's primary information technology operations, including IT Central Services, the IT Commons and the Digital Media Commons, as well as a number of key projects developing innovative new applications using information technology for research, education and community service. He also will work closely with the University Library.

"A key part of John's responsibility will be to help mobilize the University to serve as a model of the transformation of higher education enabled by information infrastructure," Gramlich said. At the request of President Mary Sue Coleman, King will coordinate campus efforts on the issues of information and transformation, as well as engage executive officers, deans and leaders among the faculty in an exploration of the University's opportunities and how they might be pursued.

"Provost-designate Teresa Sullivan and I are both grateful to John for his willingness to assume this vitally important leadership role on the campus. John brings vision, knowledge and the commitment to examine the transformation that technology enables," Gramlich said.

King has been SI dean since January 2000. The school, whose motto is "Connecting People, Information and Technology in more Valuable Ways," has played a leading role in partnership with several U-M programs in using information and technology to improve learning, and extend the benefits of the University to the society at large.

Prior to coming to U-M, King was professor of information and computer science and management at the University of California, Irvine. He served as University Librarian at Irvine, and subsequently was involved in the leadership of U.C.'s entire library system, the world's second-largest behind the Library of Congress.

His research during the past 30 years has concentrated on the management and effects of information technology in complex organizations and institutions, with special emphasis on productivity and organizational effectiveness. He has served as a Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, and as senior scientific advisor to the National Science Foundation Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. In 2005, King was elected a fellow of the Association for Information Systems.

"I am honored to be selected as vice provost for academic information and am looking forward to working with the University faculty and administration on these issues. The University of Michigan has a renowned tradition of leadership in higher education, including in the application of information technology to facilitate learning. I believe the sky's the limit as we embrace the opportunities and the challenges of using information technology in the University," King said.

After review and discussion with the Regents, the Provost's Office will announce the appointment of an interim dean for SI and the commencement of a search for a permanent dean.

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