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UNIVERSITY FACULTY
'U' faculty
retirement
plan changes
to save costs

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

michigandaily.com

Adjustments
include pension
0 increases based on
years of work
By MICHELE NAROV
Daily Staff Reporter
University administrators
recently announced changes to
the retirement health care plan
for faculty and staff that will
alter when University employ-
ees will become eligible for
retirement and the contribu-
tion to pension funds that the
University makes on the date of
their retirement.
With the new plan, which is
expected to be implemented in
2013, faculty and staff members
will become eligible for retire-
ment through a points system
that takes into account their age
and number of years at the Uni-
versity. Additionally, the Uni-
versity's financial contributions
to pension funds will gradually
increase based on the length of

service of the faculty or staff
member.
According to a Feb. 14 Univer-
sity press release, the new plan
will save the University about
$9 million by 2020 and $165 mil-
lion by 2040.
Laurita Thomas, the Univer-
sity's associate vice president
for human resources, said the
University has an obligation to
be as careful as possible with its
funds, while ensuring quality
service to community members.
"The University is under
significant fiscal and resource
constraints," Thomas said. "We
have goals to be as fiscally pru-
dent with the resources we have
as possible."
The University's Committee
on Retiree Health Benefits made
recommendations last summer
for the change in health ben-
efits during the summer of 2010,
according to the press release.
For the new plan, the commit-
tee made suggestions that facul-
ty and staff members said were
especially important including
decreasing financial strain on
See RETIREMENT, Page 3A

toss School of Business Dean Bob Dolor (left) introduces Alison Davis-Blake at the Business School yesterday. Davis-Blake will replace Dolan as dean-in August.
Business community
meets nw Ross dean

Alison Davis-Blake
to be first female
Business dean
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
and MICHELE NAROV
Daily News Editor and
Daily Staff Reporter
Alison Davis-Blake, the dean
of the Carlson School of Man-
agement at the University of

Minnesota, will be the next
dean of the Ross School of Busi-
ness, according to an e-mail
sent to Business School stu-
dents from University Provost
Philip Hanlon yesterday.
Pending approval by the
University's Board of Regents,
Davis-Blake will start her term
on Aug. 22. She will replace
current Business School Dean
Bob Dolan, who's held the post
since 2001. Dolan announced
last March that he wouldn't

seek a third five-year term as
dean.
Davis-Blake - who will be
the first female dean of the
school - was formally intro-
duced to the University com-
munity during a lunch at the
Davidson Winter Garden at the
Ross School of Business yester-
day.
In an interview at the event,
Davis-Blake said there were
several aspects about the Busi-
ness School that drew her to

the University.
"The three things I'm most
excited about are the amaz-
ing faculty, the world-class
programs and, of course, the
(University) itself - a great
University with so many great
programs," she said.
Davis-Blake cited the Busi-
ness School's motto, "leading
in thought and action," as the
basis for her future plans as
dean.
See DEAN, Page 3A

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
'U' Medical School receives
largest sum of NIH funding

School earned
$368.7 million in
grants in FY 2010
By CLAIRE GOSCICKI
Daily StaffReporter
The University announced
this month that the Medical
School received $368.7 million
in funding from the National

Institutes of Health during the
2010 fiscal year, signifying the
largest amount of NIH grants
secured by the school.
The University's Medical
School is ranked ninth on the
list of national institutions that
receive NIH funding, accord-
ing to a Feb. 4 University of
Michigan Health System press
release. The NIH funding -
which came from 866 separate
grants - makes up nearly 77

percent of the $481.8 million
in total funding brought in by
Medical School facultythis year.
"Our success at securing
these awards reflects the cre-
ativity, expertise and talent
our researchers have been able
to focus on the myriad health
related problems facing our
nation, and the potential impact
of their ideas on medical care
and scientific understanding of
See NIH, Page 3A

TODD NEEDLE/Daily
Washington Post senior correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran speaks yesterday at the International Institute.
WashPost international reporter
talks future of Afghanistan war

MICHIGAN STUDENT ASSEMBLY
Assembly decreases number of reps.
on organization funding commission

In lecture, Rajiv
Chandrasekaran
discusses COIN
By PAIGE PEARCY
Daily StaffReporter
One year ago, Rajiv Chan-
drasekaran, an associate editor
and senior correspondent for

The Washington Post, was up
to his chest in water, working
alongside American soldiers
to forge a canal in a town in
Afghanistan.
Yesterday, Chandrasekaran
found himself in a different
atmosphere, as he stood before
a crowd of roughly 80 people to
talk about his experience as an
embedded reporter in Afghani-
stan. The lecture - delivered at

the University's International
Institute - drew University stu-
dents, alumni and guests who
filled almost every seat in the
lecture hall.
Chandrasekaran has been
to Afghanistan 12 times in
the last two years and writes
mainly about counterinsur-
gency (COIN) efforts and the
implementation of United States
See REPORTER, Page 3A

New rule will allow
for more non-MSA
affiliates to serve
By ROBIN VEECK
Daily StaffReporter
The Michigan Student Assem-
bly passed a resolution at its
weekly meeting last night that

will decrease the number of rep-
resentatives required to serve on
its Student Organization Fund-
ing Commission.
Assembly representatives
arrived at the decision because
attendance at the commission's
meetings this semester didn't
meet the requisite number
required by MSA. The resolu-
tion - which passed by a 20-3
vote - changed the minimum

number of MSA representatives
required to attend SOFC meet-
ings from half the commission's
voting members to a minimum of
four MSA members.
The SOFC is composed of
the Budget Priorities Commit-
tee and the Community Service
Committee. BPC meets three
times a semester and is in charge
of allocating roughly $150,000 in
See MSA, Page 3A

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