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Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

University of Michigan dentistry, law and LSA colleges to lose long-serving deans in 2013

By Kellie Woodhouse

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.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 5:20 p.m.

I am sad to see that Dr Peter Polverini is stepping down. He has returned the Dental School to one of the top dental schools in the country. His quest for diversity in all things Dentistry is a model for all academia. Plus the school is number 1 in the amount of NIDCR grants this year.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 2:08 p.m.

Dean Caminker, we'll miss your leadership and wisdom! The Law School community will be very sad to see you go, though we're happy you'll still be dean for another year and a half.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 12:51 p.m.

Once again we will have huge raises for administrative postions. No wonder Governor Snyder said we will give more state support for those state universities who control their costs.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 12:50 p.m.

Good riddance on the Dean of Dentistry. He not only lost a $1.7 million verdict in the expulsion of dental student Allisa Zwick but the judge in the case excoriated him from the bench for his misconduct. The University did not do anything to punish him for that behavior, which is typical of this administration. It's not their $1.7 million, it is yours.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 2:31 p.m.

As I recall, it was Associate Dean Lantz along with 3 other faculty who were the defendants and who brought about the circumstances resulting in the lawsuit and the verdict, not Dean Polverini. Doing a Google, I've not found anything that implicated the Dean. To say that he lost a verdict seems a bit overreaching.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 10:53 a.m.

A year for recommendations shows how the university operates at a crawl.!