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Regents approve
reorganization of
campus security

Pollack to be next
University provost

Coleman appoints
vice provost to fill
Hanlon's role
Daily StaffReporter and
Daily News Editor -
OCT. 19, 2012 - In response to
organizational issues discovered
in the aftermath of last year's
child pornography case at the
University Hospital, University
Police, Housing Security, Hos-
pital Security and other public
safety agencies have been reor-
ganized into a larger organiza-
tion called the Division of Public
Safety and Security.
The new Division of Public
Safety and Security, which was
announced at the University's
Board of Regents meeting in
Flint on Friday, will be respon-
sible for all security and public
safety concerns at the University.
The University announced that
Joe Piersante, current executive
director of DPS, will assume the
positions of director of DPSS as
well as police chief until a per-
manent director can be found.
The newly formed position'
of University Police Chief will
report to the executive director,
who will report to University
President Mary Sue Coleman.
Before the announcement,
the University's various secu-
rity organizations cooperated in
campus safety operations, but
were independently managed.
Regent Laurence Deitch (D-

Bingham Farms), the board's
chair, said in a statement that
campus safety is one of the Uni-
versity's top priorities.
"The safety and security of
our University family is sacro-
sanct. We must be and we will
always be fiercely vigilant when
it comes to campus safety and
security," he said.
President Coleman said in a
statement that the new DPSS will
ensure campus remains safe.
"We've followed a challeng-
ing road to reach this point, but,
I see a clear path forward," Cole-
man said. "I am confident we
will continue to see significant
improvements, in partbecause of
our shared vision for the future
of safety and security on our
campus." '
Regent Olivia Maynard (D-
Goodrich) said in an interview
after Friday's Flint meeting that
the board is taking security very
seriously in light of the Jenson
"There wasn't good coordi-
nation and sometimes it takes
a pretty tough thing to happen
for everyone to realize that coor-
dination has to be replaced,"
Maynard said. "I know we're all
serious about it, everyone."
Maynard added that the new
system will lead to greater unity
among University safety pro-
"All the various agencies that
have some kind of law applica-
tion are all goingto work togeth-
er," she said.
In regards to the search for,a
University Police Chief, she said
Piersante will continue to serve

as interim leader before he has
the opportunity to retire.
"He's ready to retire, so that's
good, and he will do that and
there willbe a national search for
someone to come in," she said.
University spokesman - Rick
Fitzgerald said in a statement
that Piersante "has made no deci-
sion about when he may retire."
-Daily News Editor Paige
Pearcy contributedreportingfrom

Coleman appoints
vice provost to fill
Hanlon's role
Daily StaffReporters and
DailyNewsEditor -
JAN. 31, 2013 - University
President Mary Sue Coleman has
appointed Martha Pollack as the
next University provost and exec-
utive vice president for academic
Since 2010, Pollack has served
as vice provost for academic and
budgetary affairs under current
Provost Philip Hanlon, who is set
to become the president of Dart-
mouth College in July.
If approved by the Board
of Regents at its Feb. 21 meet-
ing, Pollack will assume a two-
year appointment beginning
May 6. The University made the
announcement in a press release
early Wednesday morning.
"I am thrilled fo have this
opportunity to serve the Uni-
versity of Michigan as provost,"
Pollack said in a statement. "This
remains one of the world's pre-
mier institutions of higher educa-
tion, and I am both humbled and
honored to be a part of an incred-
ibly dedicated leadership team."
As provost, Pollack will act as
the University's chief academic
officer and chief budgetary offi-
cer. In addition to her current
role as a professor in the School
of Information and professor of
computer science and engineer-
ing in the College of Engineering,
Pollack will advance and oversee
teaching and research in each of
the University's institutes and 19
schools and colleges.
In her current role as vice pro-
vost, Pollack works closely with
the Hanlon to craft budgetary
policy, most notably the Univer-
sity's general fund budget. Pollack
plays a large role in supervising
assessments of the University's.
schools and colleges and during
has been at the forefront of efforts
to expand the University's rela-
tionship with Coursera, a massive
open online course platform.
In an interview with The
Michigan Daily Wednesday, Cole-
man cited Pollack's work with
Hanlon as an integral factor in the
"They've got such a great team
in that office in termsof analyzing
the budgetcand where we can look
for cost savings - where we can
make investments that are really
going to move the institution,"
Coleman said. "She worked really
well with the team and with Phil
(Hanlon) over the few years she
was in that role, and it's obvious
to me that she's somebody with

enormous potential."
Pollack has worked in part-
nership with Hanlon, deans
and budget directors not only
on budgetary issues, but also in
developing and advancing new
academic programs. Last fall,
Pollack and Hanlon taught a one-
credit course on finance in higher
education to help students better
understandthe process of budget-
ary and fiscal planning.
In a statement, Coleman said
Pollack's array of experiences has
prepared her to assume the Uni-
versity's second highest adminis-
trative role.
"Martha Pollack is an effective
leader who understands how to
maintain world-class academics
through a disciplined approach to
finances," Coleman said. "She has
a deep understanding of the chal-
lenges and opportunities current-
ly facing higher education. Her
appointment as provost reflects
a deep knowledge of this institu-
tion that is grounded in her work
as a faculty member, department
chair and dean."
Prior to being appointed vice
provost. - a position Hanlon held
before his own ascent to provost
- Pollack served as dean of the
School of Information. During
her 13 years at the University,
she has also served as associate
chair for computer science and
engineering in the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Com-
puter Science. Her research hasa
focused largely on the advance-
ment of artificial intelligence, and
she has also worked as editor-in-
chief of the Journal of the Asso-
ciation for the Advancement of
Artificial Intelligence.
In an interview with the Daily
Wednesday, Pollack said she is
thrilled to fulfill the position,
and hopes to help the University
adjust to dramatic changes facing
higher education.
"You can see that as a chal-
lenge or an opportunity - I think
it's both," Pollack said. "We're
at a moment where there's real
realization where we have to do
Pollack attributes much of her
knowledge and qualifications for
the position to Hanlon's mentor-
ship while she worked as vice pro-
vost in addition to her experience
in previous roles at the University.
Her goals include furthering
the use of educational technol-
ogy to adapt to the trend toward
online learning.
"I'm excited about ways to
use that so we can free up time
for more hands-on activities and
to hold down costs," she said. "I
think we need to be more produc-
tive, and one way we can do that
is making creative use of online
technologies. I think we'll see
how that plays out in the coming
Pollack stressed the impor-

tance of affordability for students
and added that she will work to
put the University atthe forefront
of affordability.
"I think we have to figure out
how to continue to deliver a first-
rate education - one that gives
hands-oneducationthat wellhelp
(students) become leaders in the
21st century - and do it in a way
that allows access to students,
whatever their socioeconomic
background," Pollack said.
When asked about her future
beyond her new role as proost,
Pollack said she wants to focus on
the next two years ahead.
Pollack earned her under-
graduate degree in linguistics
from Dartmouth College in 1979,
a Master of Science in Engineer-
ing in computer science and engi-
neering in 1984 and Ph.D. in the
same subject in 1986 - both from
the University of Pennsylvania.
She previously taught at the Uni-
versity of Pittsburgh in various
capacities from 1991to 2000.
Judy Lawson, assistant dean
for academic and student affairs
for the School of Information,
said as a fellow dolleague she most
admires Pollack's unwavering
commitment to students.
"When Dr. Pollack first start-
ed in her position as dean of the
school of information, I was
struck by her incredible energy,
enthusiasm and down-to-earth
approach," Lawson said. "I always
,felt that student interests were a
top priority for Dr. Pollack."
Moreover, Lawson said Pol-
lack's information background
aligns perfectly with the role of
provost. She said Pollack often
spoke about the ways in which
the digital age was transforming
many aspects of everyday life,
including the ways people learn
and educate others.
"Dr. Pollack brings an uncanny
ability to manage competing pri-
oritiesand move an organization
towards greater levels ofsuccess,"
Larson said. "I anticipate that,
as provost, she will foster high
levels of engagement in making
the university operate more effi-
ciently and effectively. She also
has a great sense of humor, which
is always a bonus."
CSG President Manish Parikh
said in a statement that he had the
pleasure of working with Pollack
on the University's budget.
"The Vice Provost was one of
the first administrators I had the
pleasure of working with as CSG
President," Parikh said. "She is
gentle, kind and has always been
a tireless advocate for our student
body. Students and student lead-
ers across campus will benefit
from her passion, ingenuity and
In a Nov. 29 interview, Pol-
lack said the University remained
financially solvent, largely due
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