Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Regents appoint advisory committee to assist with presidential search

The Board of Regents has appointed an advisory committee to assist with the search for the next president of the university. Regent Laurence B. Deitch, speaking on behalf of all of his colleagues, made the announcement at the start of Thursday's meeting on the Ann Arbor campus.


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Information about the search and periodic updates will be posted on the Board of Regents website.

• The committee will accept nominations from members of the university community. They can be emailed to:

"We are pleased to make this announcement of the faculty members who will take an active role in the search process for the successor to Mary Sue Coleman as president of the University of Michigan," Deitch said. Coleman will retire July 31, 2014.

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee will work in conjunction with the Board of Regents and the search firm of Russell Reynolds Associates, one of the world's leading executive recruiting firms.

Appointed to the committee are these seven faculty members:

• Alec Gallimore, professor of aerospace engineering and associate dean for research and graduate education, College of Engineering.

• Dr. David Ginsburg, professor of internal medicine and human genetics, and professor of medicine, Medical School; research professor, Life Sciences Institute; Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

• Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson, professor of the diseases of women and children, and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, Medical School; professor of women's studies, LSA; research professor, Center for Human Growth and Development.

• Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, dean and professor of information and computer science, School of Information; professor of economics, LSA; professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

• Tiya Miles, professor of history, American culture, Native American studies, women's studies, and chair of Afroamerican and African studies, LSA.

• Rebecca Scott, professor of history, LSA; professor of law, Law School.

• Lynn Perry Wooten, clinical associate professor of strategy and management and organizations, and associate dean for undergraduate programs, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Deitch said the Presidential Search Advisory Committee will conduct a broad, vigorous search to develop and recommend a pool of candidates to be considered by the Board of Regents sitting as the Presidential Search Committee. The Board of Regents may select the university's 14th president from the pool, but retains the right to select a candidate outside the pool.

"As part of the search process, the advisory committee will reach out to the campus community to solicit feedback on issues facing the university and qualities to seek in a new president," Deitch explained.

He said the committee would schedule a series of public meetings in September and October to discuss those matters. Specific dates and locations will be announced soon.