University of Michigan regents appoint search committee to help find Mary Sue Coleman's replacement
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
The University of Michigan Board of Regents has appointed four faculty, a dean and two associate deans to serve on a search committee tasked with helping find President Mary Sue Coleman's replacement.
The committee is advisory in nature and will consult with the eight-member Board of Regents, made up of six elected Democrats and two Republicans, on who should replace Coleman when she retires in a year.
Regents announced the committee during a public meeting held Thursday at the North Campus Research Complex.
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The final decision lies with the board. In top-secret fashion, the committee will present a pool of finalists to the board and will work in conjunction with search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. U-M announced in June that it will pay the firm $300,000 —and is budgeting an additional $50,000 for expenses— to facilitate the search.
In the search that produced Coleman, the advisory committee included a student, a community member and an alumnus, as well as faculty and administrators. That committee was comprised of 16 people, not including regents.
Regent Larry Dietch, who has been involved in two previous presidential searches at U-M, said regents wanted a manageable process.
"We felt that this was going to be a more focused and streamlined approach. It was recommended to us by experts and we took it," he said in an interview.
Prior to the committee formation, U-M faculty and student government bodies each said they wanted a voice in the search.
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The university will hold forums in September and October to get feedback on what qualities stakeholders want in their next leader.
"We're going to get lots of input from the community. We're going to hold several public meetings. We're going to have a website which the community can express their thoughts," he said, adding that regents "care a heck of a lot about students and equity and fairness" and want to make a good hire.
During the Thursday meeting, regents implored the student government body president to encourage students to attend the community forums.
Deitch said stakeholders can send nominations for Coleman's replacement to UMich.President@russellreynolds.com.
Committee members include:
- Alec Gallimore, professor of aerospace engineering and associate dean for research and graduate education, College of Engineering.
- 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.
- 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, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; 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, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; 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, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
- Rebecca Scott, professor of history, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; 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.