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Committee to search for kinesiology dean replacement

Provost Teresa Sullivan has named a 13-member search advisory committee for the next dean of the Division of Kinesiology.

Current Dean Beverly Ulrich will return to the faculty in December, at the end of her second five-year term.

The committee will conduct an international search and present an unranked slate of candidates by the end of Fall Term 2008.Gregory Cartee, professor of movement science in the Division of Kinesiology and research professor in the Institute of Gerontology, Medical School, has agreed to chair the committee. Other members of the committee, from the Division of Kinesiology unless otherwise noted, include:

• Joaquin Anguera, doctoral student

• Tammy Bimer, business administrator lead

• Weiyun Chen, associate professor of physical education

• Kathryn Clark, alumna with master's and doctorate from Division of Kinesiology; CEO of Docere; and former chief scientist, Human Exploration and Development, NASA

• Rodney Fort, professor of sport management

• Carmen Green, associate professor of anesthesiology, director of Health Disparities Research Program, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, and director of Pain Management Research, Medical School; and faculty associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

• Melissa Gross, associate dean for research and associate professor of movement science, Division of Kinesiology; associate professor, School of Art and Design; and assistant research scientist, Institute of Gerontology

• Edward Hurvitz, chair and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and the James W. Rae Collegiate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical School

• Ormond MacDougald, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, and professor of internal medicine, Medical School

• Kristin Thomas, undergraduate student of movement science

• Pat Van Volkinburg, chair, Department of Physical Education, and academic program coordinator

• Kenneth Warner, dean and Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health

All members of the search advisory committee may be reached through a dedicated e-mail address,

"Beverly Ulrich's inspired leadership, combined with the support of extraordinary faculty, staff, and students, has grown the division's national and international reputation in academic excellence and research strength," Sullivan says. "As an outstanding administrator, scholar, and teacher, Beverly Ulrich leaves a legacy that positions the Division of Kinesiology to continue its tradition of excellence."

In Ulrich's tenure, Sullivan says, kinesiology experienced substantial growth in undergraduate and graduate programs, redesigned curriculum in several key areas, enhanced focus on development activities resulting in increased research and foundation support, and consolidated division operations and research to the historic Observatory Lodge and the Central Campus Recreation Building Complex.

"Dean Ulrich has effectively represented the Division of Kinesiology in the University, strengthening existing ties between the division and other campus units, and reaching out to new partners such as the Medical School," Sullivan says. "She has also played a vital role as a colleague and leader among the other deans."

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