University of Michigan dentistry, law and LSA colleges to lose long-serving deans in 2013
Four of the 21 University of Michigan deans are leaving their appointments in 2013.
The Law School, College of Literature, Sciences and Arts, Dentistry School and library system will each get new deans by the 2013-14 academic year, according to U-M Provost Phil Hanlon.
Deans are typically appointed for five year terms. Their deanships are also up for renewal every five years.
Evan Caminker, Terrence McDonald and Peter Polverini have been deans of the law, LSA and dentistry colleges since 2003, respectively. The three were each U-M professors before becoming deans.
Paul Courant assumed a wide range of roles at the university before becoming dean of libraries. Formerly a provost, chair of the economics department and director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies, Courant has been a dean since 2007.
Courant recently received a $47,000, 13.3 percent pay raise, which Hanlon said was due to a market rate increase. He makes $398,102.
It's not uncommon for dean positions to receive large salary increases when new deans are appointed. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business deanship received a $102,000 increase when Coleman appointed Alison Davis-Blake to the position in 2011. With a $550,000 salary, Ross now has the highest-paid deanship at U-M.
Hanlon said the university is in the process of gathering faculty, staff, students and alumni to serve on search committees for the open positions.
He said U-M will likely conduct an international search for all four deanships, although the university is still considering an internal search for Courant's position.
Hanlon expects to have recommendations from the committees by spring 2013.