Search underway for new UM-Flint chancellor

FLINT, Michigan — The search to name the next chancellor for the University of Michigan-Flint officially is underway, including a 17-member advisory committee which is soliciting public input. 

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel is serving as co-chair of the committee along with Robert Barnett, dean of UM-Flint’s School of Education and Human Services. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to ask questions and give input on the process in a town hall meeting 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the University Center Kiva Auditorium. 

It is the second of two town halls scheduled by the committee. It previously was postponed because of bad weather. For those who are unable to attend the events, ideas and comments also can be shared via email to [email protected]

A national search for a new president began shortly after Chancellor Susan E. Borrego announced in October that she would step down from her position at the end of her five-year term, which ends in July. Borrego is a nationally recognized leader in student success strategy, particularly for traditionally underrepresented students. As chancellor, she established scholarships for five underrepresented Flint-area high schools and established a merit scholarship program. 

The search committee is being assisted by the executive search firm Park Square Executive Search.

“Since starting as president, I have become well acquainted with the Flint campus and continue to be impressed by the dedication and quality of its faculty, students and staff and the commitment of the campus to serving the community,“ Schlissel said in the University Record. “I am excited to get underway with this important search to continue building on the momentum created by Chancellor Borrego, especially regarding academic excellence, student success and community engagement.”

Other members of the search advisory committee include Bishr Al-Dabagh, UM-Flint alum; Matthew Bueby, chair of UM-Flint Staff Council; Constance Creech, director of UM-Flint’s graduate nursing affairs; Catherine A. Davy, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn; Eucharia Ganda, president of UM-Flint Student Government; Gerald Glasco, director of UM-Flint’s financial services and budget; Gloria Hage, U-M associate general counsel; Phil Hagerman, chief executive officer of Flint-based Skypoint Ventures; Kristi Hottenstein, vice chancellor for UM-Flint’s enrollment management; Yener Kandogan, associate dean of UM-Flint’s School of Management; Derwin Munroe, lecturer IV in political science at UM-Flint; Emily Newberry, chair of UM-Flint’s Faculty Council; Shelby Newport, chair of UM-Flint’s Department of Theatre and Dance; Shan Parker, director of UM-Flint’s Public Health and Health Sciences; and Jessica Tischler, associate professor of organic chemistry at UM-Flint.

For more information on the UM-Flint chancellor search, visit this website.

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