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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Hanlon selected as next 'U' provost

Administrator, who has
been at the University
since 1986, will assume
new post on July 1
Daily News Editor
Philip Hanlon will be named as the
next University's provost and executive
vice president of academic affairs in an
announcement expected to be made later
Hanlon, who currently serves as the
Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathemat-
ics and vice provost for academic and bud-
getary affairs, will assume the position on
July 1 under a five-year contract. He will
succeed current University Provost Teresa
Sullivan, who is set to leave the University
on July 31 to assume the presidency at the
University of Virginia. During the month
of July, Sullivan will serve as special coun-
selor to the president.

Coleman's selection of Hanlon as the
next University provost is contingent
upon approval by the University's Board
of Regents at its Feb. 18 meeting. Today's
announcement comes just two weeks after
Sullivan announced her intention to leave
the University.
When Sullivan announced that she
would be leaving her post for Charlot-
tesville, University officials and Sullivan
herself said her replacement would need to
have experience as both an academic and
budgetary administrator.
Hanlon, who is no stranger to the Uni-
versity community, has experience in both
academic and financial management. He
joined the University faculty in 1986 as an
associate professor of mathematics, before
becoming a full professor in 1990. In the
last decade Hanlon has risen through the
administration's ranks, finally becoming
the vice provost of academic and budgetary
affairs in 2007.
In a statement set to be released later
today, Coleman praised Hanlon as the
right choice for the important post, which
is responsible for overseeing all academic

operations of the university and the general
fund budget.
"Phil Hanlon has been exceptional in
guiding academic programs and initiatives
affecting all facets of the University," Cole-
man wrote in the statement. "In particular,
his command of budgetary issues has been
critical to the University's financial stabil-
ity duringchallenging economic times. His
appointment as provost reflects his distinct
strengths as a teacher, scholar, administra-
tor and leader."
In the same statement, Hanlon wrote he
felt privileged to have been selected for the
"The University of Michigan is an excep-
tional institution, at the forefront of public
research universities," Hanlon wrote. "I'm
excited and deeply honored to have the
opportunity to serve as provost."
Choosing a successor from within the
University community is consistent with
University tradition - Sullivanwas the first
University of Michigan provost recruited
from outside the University in more than
50 years.
The choice of Sullivan, who came to the

University from the University of Texas at
Austin, raised many concerns among Uni-
versity faculty in 2006, with some alleging
that Coleman had applied pressure on the
search committee to give preference to an
outsider, since Coleman herself first joined
the University when she became president.
No information on how Hanlon was
selected for the post and whether any advi-
sory search committee or national search
firm was used in choosing the next provost
was available yesterday.
However, when Sullivan announced
she would leave the University, University
spokeswoman Kelly Cunningham said offi-
cials were happy with the advance notice
Sullivan provided.
"We're fortunate that the provost has
given the University time to consider the
next steps in the process," Cunningham
wrote in an e-mail at the time.
When Sullivan announced she planned
to leave the University to become the Uni-
versity of Virginia's next president, she told
The Michigan Daily she was confident her
successor, though not named at that time,
would need to be able to balance competing

Philip Hanio will ho named the University's soot
provost and executive VP of academic atfairs today.
"This job is a little bit unusual com-
pared with most provost jobs because of
the budgetary responsibility and so I do
See HANLON, Page 7


Officials: This year,
applications are up

Number of applications
has increased 4.9 percent
compared to this time
last year
Daily Staff Reporter
Though it is early in the application
process, statistics show an increase in the
number of applicants to the University
for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Compared to statistics from this time
last year, applications are up 4.9 percent
overall. Applications from in-state stu-
dents have increased 6.6 percent, and
applications from out-of-state students
are up 3.1 percent and international appli-
cations have increased by 7.7 percent.
In an interview yesterday, University
Provost Teresa Sullivan said the numbers
need to be taken with a grain of salt, since
it is somewhat early in the University's
admissions process.
"I think it's still a little bit too early
(to read that closely into the numbers),"
she said. "A lot of students still don't have
their answers from all the schools they've
applied to. So we'll have a better sense as

we start to see the acceptances come back
Philip Hanlon, vice provost for aca-
demic and budgetary affairs, said the
statistics are only comparable to the
numbers from this time last year, and not
to the final 2009 admissions statistics.
Hanlon, who was named the Univer-
sity's next provost earlier today, said
the yield - the percentage of admitted
students who send in their deposit -
decreased between two and four percent
for students who applied to enroll in the
2009-2010 academic year, which is a sig-
nificant percentage for the University.
But he added that he expects the yield
for the 2010-2011 academic year to go
back up to the level of previous years.
"Not all of (the admitted students) will
show up in the fall, but all the informa-
tion we have right now is who has paid
the deposit," Hanlon said. "We com-
pare that to prior years. (We look at) the
same week last year, (and see) what was
the fraction who paid the deposit of the
admitted students."
The University received 29,965 appli-
cations for the 2009-2010 academic year,
and admitted 14,970. Of those students
that were accepted, 6,079 enrolled at the
University last fall.

School of Music, Theatre & Dance sophmore tuba major Charles Mann is instructed by guest instructor Carol Jantsch yesterday at the Walgreen Drama Center.
Senate ssemby passes resolution
i e
'in support of aCade__1C freedo-m

Among other issues,
statement addresses
* freedoms of teaching,
internal criticism
Daily StaffReporter
The University's Senate Assembly
passed a resolution which endorses a
statement on academic freedom yester-
day, reaffirming faculty support for limit-
ed restrictions on their academic research
and classroom endeavors.
The resolution seeks to protect faculty
members, who the American Association
of University Professors does not consider
"ordinary employees subject to the usual
discipline of the American workplace".
It was introduced to the Senate Assem-
bly in December 2009 and endorsed by
the Senate Advisory Committee on Uni-
versity Affairs last week.
Passed unanimously with four absten-
tions yesterday, the statement has been
a focus of many recent SACUA and Sen-
ate Assembly meetings, as faculty have
discussed concerns about a University's

right to discipline faculty because of dis-
sent against the institution or threats to
academic freedom.
As stipulated in the resolution, aca-
demic freedom also covers "freedom of
teaching," according to the statement,
which allows professors the right to dis-
cuss potentially controversial ideas or
research findings in their classrooms.
"Freedom of internal criticism" is also
a provision in the statement that covers
a faculty member's right to criticize Uni-
versity policy in an individual manner or
through "institutions of faculty gover-
The statement highlights the indepen-
dent role of faculty members in University
decision-making and thus, they should be
permitted to speak out should their opin-
ion differ from that of the University's.
Additionally, because professors are
often involved in "public forums and
debate", outside of their professions as
educators, the resolution also provides
for "freedom of participation in public
debate" which allows for professors to
speak at these forums without fear of Uni-
versity repercussions.
The statementnotes the value placed on
academic freedom by professors and fac-
ulty in saying academic freedom "remains

first and foremost a professional prereq-
uisite of faculty members as a group."
The majority of the faculty seemed to
take interest in the resolution and posed
questions dealing with the concepts of
academic freedom to General Counsel
Suellyn Scarnecchia who spoke before the
Additionally, before the statement went
to a vote, there was no discussion.
Though the statement endorsed by the
Senate Assembly includes freedom in
research and publication, teaching, inter-
nal criticism and participation in public
debate, it does not protect professors from
repercussion in certain circumstances.
These cases include, "defense of alle-
gations of professional misconduct in
research or teaching" or protection
against potentially illegal or prohibited
speech, or as a defense for harassing a
Engineering Prof. Michael Thouless,
chair of SACUA, said he believes the state-
ment is an important one for the Univer-
sity and added that it is one of the first of
its kind around the country.
"For an institution such as the Univer-
sity of Michigan to adopt a resolution of
this nature is precedence-setting," Thou-

'U' student to aid Haiti relief

After receiving call
from aid organization,
Rackham student decided
she needed to help
Daily StaffReporter
When Rackham Public Policy stu-
dent Sara Bonner received a call asking
her to go to Haiti to aid victims of the
7.0-magnitude earthquake that ravaged
the country two weeks ago, she said her
initial reaction was one of shock and
The call came from Tearfund, a Brit-
ish relief agency. Bonner has worked for
Tearfund in the past, volunteering in
southern Sudan. Though she has expe-
rience working for the organization, her
gut reaction to the request was to tell
them she wouldn't be able to help.
"When you initially come back from

an under-developed country you never
want to go back," she said. "You really
appreciate where you are and start
thinking 'never again.' Initially I was
thinking 'here I am trying to get my
master's I don't want to keep getting
roped in.'"
Ultimately Bonner decided to take
the semester off and help with the relief
efforts. She will leave for the country
this Friday and stay through April.
"It's a hard job and the fact that they
sought me out was a boost of confi-
dence," she said.
David Canter, director of health
care research at the non-profit William
Davidson Institute at the University, has
been working closely with Bonner and
described her as "terrific," adding that
he was impressed, but not surprised that
she decided to help the country.
"I think she's a great example of
someone who didn't seek this out and
recognized that there are times and
places when you're called to service
See HAITI, Page 7


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