Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 17, 2011

Regents name new chair and vice chair, approve construction projects

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting Thursday.

Ilitch to chair Board of Regents; Deitch named vice chair

  Regent Denise Ilitch
  Regent Laurence Deitch

Regent Denise Ilitch will serve as the next chair of the Board of Regents for a one-year term beginning July 1. Regent Laurence Deitch was named vice chair when the appointments were announced Thursday at the board’s monthly meeting.

According to regents bylaws, the chair and vice chair are appointed based on seniority, and the vice chair automatically succeeds to the position of chair.

Primary duties of the chair include: setting the annual schedule of meetings, agenda and major topics for presentation or study by the board; monitoring committee agenda planning for coordination and comprehensiveness; acting as spokesperson and convener of the board, when appropriate; presiding over executive session when held without the president; and appointing the chair and members of the ad hoc and standing committees.

If the president is unable to attend a public meeting or must be out of the room during any part of the meeting, the chair will preside. If the chair is unable to perform the duties, the vice chair will assume them.

ISR addition project receives final approval

The Board of Regents gave final approval for the Institute for Social Research (ISR) addition project, which will construct an approximately 44,700-gross-square-foot, four-level addition to the existing ISR building.

The addition will create office and research spaces, collaborative meeting spaces and secure storage, and renovate approximately 7,200 gross square feet of the existing building where it will connect to the addition.

The $23 million project is being funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the Provost, and ISR. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.

Lab renovations planned at Med Sci II

A renovation of approximately 5,200 gross square feet on the sixth floor of the Medical Science Unit II building will create state-of-the-art research facilities for the Integrative Physiology Department. The Medical School will fund the $2 million project, which is scheduled to be completed next spring.

Changes in food service at University Hospital planned

The patient food kitchen at University Hospital will be renovated to allow the hospital to implement an on-demand “room service” method that will allow patients to have more control over their environment.

During construction, food service operations for the hospital will be transferred to the North Campus Research Complex. The $8.5 million renovation of approximately 13,000 gross square feet on level B2 will be funded from Hospitals and Health Centers’ and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2013.