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September 11, 1992 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-09-11

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1992

New OU President
Reaches Out To Jews

KIMBERLY LIFTON

Staff Writer

S

andra Packard, Oak-
land University's
fourth (and first
female) president, holds one
goal that is unique from her
predecessors.
She is Jewish, and she
hopes more Jewish students
will opt for the university.
She says Oakland Univer-
sity is the second most select
university in the state — se-
cond only to the University
of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Packard is not certain
of the numbers, but she
knows Jewish enrollment at
the 12,700-student institu-
tion is low.
"Jewish presence should
be greater," she said. "We
need to get the word out that
we are competitive with the
other schools. I think there
is a missed opportunity with
the Jewish community.
"Everyone can not afford
to send their children away
to college," she said. "This is
affordable, and it is good
quality."
Dr. Packard comes to
Michigan from Chattanooga,
Tenn., where she was pro-
vost and vice chancellor for
academic affairs and pro-
fessor of curriculum and in-
struction at the University
of Tennessee. She began
there in 1985.
"This is the capstone of my
career," she said about Oak-
land. "I feel very privileged
and honored to be here."
Joining her ,administra-
don team is another Jewish
educator, Ronald Horwitz of
Oak Park, the former Oak-
land University business
school dean who was ap-
pointed acting vice president
for academic affairs last
month.
Dr. Horwitz said he prefers
teaching, and he agreed to
take the interim job pending
a national search for his
replacement. Then he will go
back to the classroom.
In Chattanooga, Dr.
Packard served on the board
of the Chattanooga Jewish
Federation and chaired the
education committee. Her
husband, Martin Packard, is
a clinical psychologist who
moved and started private
practices four times for her
career.
Martin Packard was active
at the Conservative syn-
agogue in Chattanooga.
After a long national sear-
ch, Dr. Packard was selected
from 121 candidates to lead

Sandra Packard:
Jewish goals.

the university. She began
the job in June, but she is a
new face to the 12,700 .•
students who began fall
classes this week.
She replaces Joseph
Champagne, who resigned
during the spring of 1991 to
accept the chief executive of-
ficer position with Critten-
ton Corp. in Rochester.
Dr. Packard will oversee a-
$100 million budget at one of
Michigan's state univer-
sities that is hampered by
state cutbacks. No Michigan
universities are receiving

"Jewish presence
should be greater."

Sandra Packard

increased state allocations •
this year.
She is optimistic, however, •
that Oakland University
will prosper.
Enrollment at the school
has remained stable over the
years. And with the econ-
omic recession, many
families are searching for . -
ways to cut costs.
During her presidency, Dr.
Packard hopes to strengthen
the university's reputation
as a research center. In addi-
tion, she would like to
expand doctoral offerings..
Currently, Ph.D. programs
are available in reading,
some sciences and engineer-
ing systems.
She wants to work with
the board of trustees and •
other administrators to
design a strategic plan for'
the university. And she
hopes a new science and

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