Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 19, 2013

Phil Hanlon honored for decades of service as faculty member, provost

The Board of Regents on Thursday publicly recognized Provost Phil Hanlon for his nearly three decades of dedication to U-M and offered "heartfelt congratulations" as he leaves the university to become the 18th president of Dartmouth College.


Regent Katherine White presents Provost Phil Hanlon with a resolution honoring his 27 years of service to the university. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

Hanlon joined the U-M faculty in 1986 as an associate professor of math and was promoted to professor in 1990. He was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 1992 and the Donald J. Lewis Collegiate Professor of Mathematics in 2000. He steps down in May to return to his alma mater as president.

A Board of Regents resolution reads, in part:

"As an administrator and an academic, he valued the pillars of access, quality and research, never compromising on academic excellence, and continuing to enhance opportunities for service learning and entrepreneurship. With his strong command of budgetary issues, and a thoughtful leadership style, he has been an effective steward of the University resources in very challenging financial times.

"Appointed Provost on July 1, 2010, Hanlon has been a creative, progressive thinker, a keeper of strong values, and an unsung hero for diversity on campus. He is an avid Michigan sports fan, and is beloved by his colleagues for his calm but firm approach, warm demeanor, and wonderful humor."

Regents also accepted Hanlon's memoirs as he retires from the faculty May 31, and approved his appointment for the month of May as a special counsel to the president.

Vice Provost Martha Pollack will succeed Hanlon as provost, effective May 6.