Thursday, June 30, 2005

Ball Named Interim Dean

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6/30/05 - Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that President Mary Sue Coleman and I report to you that Deborah Loewenberg Ball has accepted our offer to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Education. Her appointment will be effective July 1, 2005, pending approval by the Board of Regents. The fact that it is so late in the academic year makes an interim appointment the most appropriate action at this time. We want the School to know that this should be a period of active and forward motion, not one for waiting or holding back on progress.

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Mathematics Education and Teacher Education, and the Director of Teacher Education. She joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1996 as Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Studies. From 2000-2003, she was an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, the highest honor the University of Michigan bestows on faculty for contributions to undergraduate education.

President Coleman and I have discussed at some length the most important challenges facing the School. Deborah has a proven track record as a teacher, a scholar, and a researcher, and as such, she has been a major contributor to the intellectual life of the School in a variety of roles. We believe that Deborah has enormous strengths and leadership skills that will make her especially effective in working with the School of Education faculty to articulate a vision and mission that will be beneficial to the School and to the University at large.

The School of Education is vitally important to the University's mission. We have complete confidence and enthusiasm for Deborah's leadership at this important time for the School and for education as a University and a national priority. President Coleman and I could not be more pleased that Deborah is willing to undertake this role. We are confident that the School will be in capable hands.

Once again, I would like to express my appreciation to Karen Wixson for her seven years of service as Dean of the School of Education. Under her leadership, the School of Education has developed its professional education programs, new forms of research on teaching and learning, and initiated a focus on the connections between K-12 and university education, and increased attention to issues of diversity.

Paul N. Courant

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