Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 22, 2013

SPH associate dean named vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs

Dr. Alfred Franzblau, associate dean for research in the School of Public Health, has been appointed vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs. His five-year appointment was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents.

  Alfred Franzblau

Franzblau, a physician and researcher, takes over May 6, the same day the person he replaces, Vice Provost Martha Pollack, succeeds Phil Hanlon as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

"Given his broad experience across the university, I am confident that Dr. Franzblau will provide leadership in academic and budgetary matters," Hanlon said in recommending the appointment.

Pollack said she is impressed by Franzblau's academic values and his intellectual curiosity. "He is a good match for this important and fast-paced role."

The vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs works collaboratively with the provost in setting policy pertaining to academic and budgetary issues, and serves as direct liaison to deans and directors in many areas of academic and budgetary affairs.

"I feel honored to have been selected for this position, and look forward to serving the entire university community," Franzblau said.

Franzblau received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Science degree from Stanford University, and a medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington and received advanced training in occupational and environmental medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

He joined the U-M faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor of occupational medicine in SPH and an assistant professor of internal medicine in the Medical School. He was promoted to associate professor of occupational medicine, with tenure, in 1996 and to professor of occupational medicine in 2003. He was promoted to associate professor of internal medicine, without tenure, in 2000.

Since 1997, Franzblau has had an appointment as an associate research scientist in the Center for Ergonomics, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering. In 2011 he was appointed as SPH associate dean for research.

Franzblau has conducted research across a range of occupational health issues and has published extensively. He is recognized both nationally and internationally for his scholarly contributions on various aspects of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, biological monitoring of chemical exposure, occupational neurological disease, occupational respiratory disease and environmental exposure assessment for dioxins and other persistent environmental chemicals.

His academic administrative experience includes a significant number of program directorships both various and long-term. He has directed the Occupational Medicine Residency Program and the Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training Program. He has served as associate chair of the SPH Environmental Health Sciences Department and, as the school's associate dean for research, oversaw total research funding in 2011-12 of more than $66 million.