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General Motors
replaces executives
General Motors is replac-
ing the executives in charge of
communications and human
resources as it struggles with a
string of embarrassing recalls
that have led to congressional
hearings and federal investiga-
Communications chief Selim
Bingol and human resources
head Melissa Howell are leav-
ing the company to pursue other
interests, the company said
Monday ina statement.
John Quattrone, who current-
ly is executive director of human
resources, will replace How-
ell, but GM has not yet named
a replacement for Bingol, the
statement said. The changes are
effective immediately.
Space cargo sees
minor delay
A space station cargo ship will
remain Earthbound for a while
longer because of a rocket leak.
ing, the SpaceX company called
off Monday's planned launch.
Officials said they believe the
problem can be fixed by Friday,
the next opportunity for flying
and the last chance before astro-
nauts do urgent spacewalking
A helium leak in the first-stage
of the unmanned Falcon rocket
forced a halt to the countdown,
the latest delay spanning the
past month.
Over the weekend, NASA
almost postponed the launch
attempt because of a computer
outage at the International Space
Station. But mission managers
decided Sunday that everything
would be safe for the arrival of
the Dragon capsule and its 21/2
tons of supplies.
Obama and Putin
talk after delay
Speaking for the first time in
more than two weeks, President
Barack Obama and RussianPres-
ident Vladimir Putin showed
little sign of agreement Monday,
with the U.S. leader urging pro-
Russian forces to de-escalate the
situation in eastern Ukraine and
Putin denying that Moscow was
interfering in the region.
The White House said Russia
initiated the phone call, which
came as pro-Russian forces
deepened their insurgency in
Ukraine's east, seizing more
than a dozen government build-
"The president expressed
grave concern about Russian
government support for the
actions of armed, pro-Russian
separatists who threaten to
undermine and destabilize the

government of Ukraine," the
White House said in a descrip-
tion of Obama's call with Putin.
PERTH, Australia
Search continues
for missing plane
The search area for the miss-
ing Malaysian jet has proved too
deep for a robotic submarine
which was hauled back to the
surface of the Indian Ocean less
than half way through its first
seabed hunt for wreckage and
the all-important black boxes,
authorities said on Tuesday.
Search crews sent the Bluefin
21 deep into the Indian Ocean on
Monday to begin scouring the
seabed for the missing Malaysia
Airlines Boeing 777 after failing
for six days to detect any sig-
nals believed to be from its black
But after only six hours of its
planned 16-hour mission on the
sea bed, the autonomous under-
water vehicle exceeded its maxi-
mum depth limit of 4,500 meters
(15,000 feet) and its built-in
safety feature returned it to the
surface, the search coordina-
tion center said in a statement on
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

diversity-focused initiatives.
In a January e-mail, Pollack
From Page 1 announced the administra-
tion's intentions to spearhead
an array of policy changes in
years before he became an assis- response to the campaign,
tant professor in Washington including renovations to the
University's political science Trotter Multicultural Center
department. and the creation of the new
In 2004, Martin was pro- vice provost position.
moted to associate professor of "This commitment is long-
political science, before earning standing and fundamental to
an appointment in the School of who we are as an institution,"
Law. Pollack wrote. "And yet, there
Martin is also the found- are times we have not lived up
ing director of the Center for to our highest aspirations."
Empirical Research in Law Sellers will replace Lester
and the principal of the analyt- Monts, the current vice pro-
ics consulting group Principia vost for academic affairs, who
Empirica LCC. is stepping down to return to
According to a communica- teaching. Sellers' term begins
tion to the regents, Martin is an July 1 and ends in 2019. Under
expert in the study of judicial Sellers, Monts' position will
decision-making, specifically in be rebranded to focus more on
the Supreme Court and lower issues of diversity and inclu-
federal courts. sion.
In 2012, Martin was elected Sellers received a B.A. in
as a fellow of the Society for psychology from Howard Uni-
Political Methodology. He is a versity and earned his Ph.D in
principal investigator of eight personality psychology from
grants from the National Sci- the University in 1990. He was
ence Foundation and, along appointed an assistant profes-
with his collaborator, Kevin sor at the University of Virginia,
M. Quinn, developed the Mar- before joining the University's
tin-Quinn Scores, an ideologi- ranks in 1997.
cal continuum that is used to As a professor in the depart-
measure ideology on the U.S. ment of psychology and the
Supreme Court. School of Education, Sellers'
During Martin's time as research interests have focused
chair of the Department of on the role of race in the psy-
Political Science at Washing- chological lives of African
ton University, he recruited Americans, touching topics
six faculty members, improved such as racial discrimination
the undergraduate curriculum and racial identity.
and worked to improve the aca-
demic environment, University Schlissel to receive
Provost Martha Pollack wrote appointments in LSA,
in the communication. Medical School
In Martin's current posi-
tion as vice dean of the School The regents will also approve
of Law, he works closely with appointments for University
senior administrators and the President-elect Mark S. Schlis-
school's dean on issues involv- sel as a professor of microbi-
ing curriculum, enrollment ology and immunology, with
management, student services, tenure, and a professor of inter-
fundraising and budget. nal medicine, without tenure,
"I am confident that Andrew in the Medical School, as well
Martin will build on the col- as a professor of molecular, cel-
lege's extraordinarily strong lular and developmental biol-
foundation to empower fac- ogy, with tenure, in LSA.
ulty to achieve their greatest The recommendations were
potential; to further strengthen signed by LSA Interim Dean
our undergraduate and gradu- Susan Gelman and Medical
ate programs; and to advance School Dean James Woollis-
the university's commitment croft. The appointments will
to diversity, excellence and be effective July 1, 2014, the
access," Pollack wrote. date Schlissel is scheduled to
Regents to appoint psychol- assume the presidency.
ogy chair as vice provost for Schlissel is nationally rec-
inclusion, equity and academic ognized for research on the
affairs development of biology of B
The regents will also appoint lymphocytes, genetic factors
Robert Sellers, chair of the involved in the production of
department of psychology, as antibodies and mistakes and
the University's first vice pro- processes leading to lymphoma
vost for equity, inclusion and and leukemia. Schlissel has
academic affairs. authored and co-authored over
The position was created as 100 scientific publications.
the request of Pollack as part of He has also served as a mem-
a series of University initiatives ber of the Howard Hughes
designedtopromoteamoreinclu- Medical Institute Scientific
sive climate and address issues of Review Board, was elected to
race and diversity on campus. the American Society of Clini-
"In his new role as vice pro- cal Investigations and was
vost, Professor Sellers will elected to be a fellow of the
provide strategic leadership American Association for the
for programs and policies that Advancement of Science.
result in increased access and As provost at Brown Uni-
success for all students, the versity, Schlissel continued to
recruitment and retention of author papers, publishing five
diverse faculty, and the devel- last year.
opment and expansion of aca- Academic appointments are
demic programs that prepare all not uncommon for University

students for success in a diverse presidents. University Presi-
world," Pollack wrote in a com- dent Mary Sue Coleman has
munication to the regents. appointments as a professor
Sellers' main responsibili- of biological chemistry in the
ties will include advising the Medical School and as a profes-
provost on issues of diversity at sor of chemistry in LSA.
the University and throughout
the field of higher education, Susan Borrego to succeed
as well as overseeing new pro- Ruth Person as UM-Flint
grams created to foster inclu- chancellor
Last semester, members of The regents will also vote
the University's Black Student on the appointment of Susan
Union launched the #BBUM E. Borrego, the vice president
Twitter campaign where thou- for enrollment management,
sands of users shared their planning and student affairs
experiences as Black students at California State Univer-
and called on the administra- sity, Dominguez Hills, as the
tion to implement an array of chancellor and chief executive

officer for the University of
Michigan-Flint campus.
Her term is effective Aug. 1,
2014 until July 31,2019.
Borrego will succeed Ruth
Person, chancellor of the UM-
Flint campus, who has served
in the role since 2008 and
announced her retirement in
January 2013. UM-Flint's new
chancellor will face an array of
challenges as the satellite insti-
tution transitions into a greater
emphasis as a residential cam-
In her current role, Borrego
oversees student affairs and
intercollegiate athletics, and
developed the university's new
strategic plan, rebranding cam-
paign and the development and
implementation of the institu-
tion's strategic enrollment plan.
California State University,
Dominguez Hills, located in the
South Bay region of Los Ange-
les County, is one of 23 campus-
es that make up the California
State University system.
Borrego was previously
the vice president for student
affairs at California State Uni-
versity, Monterey Bayand assis-
tant vice chancellor and dean
of students at the University of
Arkansas. Additionally, Bor-
rego worked at the California
Institute of Technology where
she developed a high-achieve-
ment program for underrepre-
sented students.
She serves on numerous
national and local boards and
task forces including the Amer-
ican Association of State Col-
lege and Universities Hispanic
Success study, NASPA: Student
Affairs Administrators in
Higher Education undergradu-
ate fellows program and Irvine
Campus Diversity Initiative
"I look forward to the leader-
ship, depth of experience, and
vision that Ms. Borrego will
bring to the University," Cole-
man wrote ina release.
Array of appointments to
round out regents agenda
Douglas Strong, current chief
executive officer of the Uni-
versity's Hospitals and Health
Centers, will be appointed
interim executive vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer,
effective June 20,2014.
Upon the board's approval,
Strong will serve in the role
vacated by Tim Slottow, cur-
rent executive vice president
and chief executive officer,
who leave to serve as Univer-
sity of Phoenix's president on
June 20.
Anthony Denton will be
appointed acting chief execu-
tive officer of the University of
Michigan Hospitals and Health
Centers, effective June 20,
Denton will serve in this role
while Douglas Strong, the cur-
rent CEO, serves as the Uni-
versity's interim executive vice
president and chief financial
officer. Denton is the current
chief operating officer for the
University of Michigan Hospi-
tals and Health Centers.
Ronald Zernicke will be
reappointed as the dean of the

School of Kinesiology, with a
term beginning January 1, 2015
and concluding June 30, 2016.
The regents will also appoint
James Dalton as the dean of
the College of Pharmacy, effec-
tive September 1, 2014 through
August 31, 2019.
The appointment follows
an international search con-
ducted by a search advisory
committee. Dalton was most
recently vice president of pre-
clinical research and develop-
ment at GTx, Inc. in Memphis
while on entrepreneurial leave
as a professor at The Ohio
State University College of

From Page 1
Pollack said. "When Italked with
references, they spoke both about
him being very collaborative but
also him being someone who
makes decisions and gets things
done ... I'mveryexcited abouthim
... I think he's going to fit in very
well in the University of Michi-
gan's culture."
Robert M. Sellers, the Charles
D. Moody Collegiate Professor
of Psychology and chair of the
department of psychology, has
been chosen as the vice provost
for equity, inclusion and academic
affairs. The position was created
in January in response to con-
cerns about minority inclusion on
"He's a very distinguished
scholar," Pollack said. "What I
think is most impressive about
Rob for this position is that he's

got this huge track record of
funded research and publications
in the area of ethnicity, racial and
ethnic identity, and personality
and health."
Sellers' five-year term would
also begin July 1,2014.
James Dalton, chair of the
Division of Pharmaceutics and
Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The
Ohio State University, is the rec-
ommended replacement for the
dean of the College of Pharmacy.
Dalton, who is also a Ohio State
professor, currently serves as the
Chief Scientific Officer at GTx
Inc., a biopharmaceutical com-
panyin Memphis, Tennessee.
Dalton would assume his posi-
tion Sept. 1 and serve a five-year
The finalization of the appoint-
ments is pending approval by the
University's Board of Regents.
The regents will meet to review
the candidates during a meeting

From Page 1
pus Research Complex renova-
tions explored
With comprehensive renova-
tions to the G. G. Brown Laborato-
ries on North Campus set to begin,
the Department of Chemical Engi-
neering is preparing to transfer
some operations to a temporary
The regents are set to approve
the temporary relocation of the
Building 28 on the North Campus
Research Complex. Building 28
was purchased in 2009 and will
require an estimated $2.3 million
to make lab space viable for the
department's temporaryuse.
Construction is scheduled for
completion in summer2016.

North Campus grove plans
seek approval
The regents will also consider
a project for upgrades to the
central lawn on North Campus.
The estimated $6.9 million
project will create a central
plaza, new walkways,
integrated seating, an informal
amphitheater and additional
lighting, among other additions.
The lawn covers about four
acres currently. Funding will
flow from gifts and College of
Engineering resources.
Adjacent parking will be
temporarily impacted during
construction. The architectural
firm Stoss will designthe project.
No construction schedule
is apparent yet, but design
will begin immediately upon

From Page 1
in 2013 found ineffective com-
munication between what were
previously separate branches of
security services. DPSS Execui-
tive Director Eddie Washington,
Jr heads the organization.
The former University Police
Chief Joe Piersante serves as
Chief Operations Officer the
new DPSS, but Neumann is
responsible for making sure his
department collaborates with
the others.
Newmann said providing
safety is easier under the new
structure because it allows
those different branches of safe-
ty service to work together and
pool resources under a unified
leadership. University Police
now form cross-functional
teams with hospital and hous-
ing security to conduct more
efficient and cohesive investi-
gations. Collaboration is also
proving useful for behavioral
threat assessment and site sur-
veys evaluating security levels
at University facilities.
"There's a lot of expertise in
the other departments that we
haven't necessarily tapped into,"
Neumann said. "We have a lot
of expertise, too, that we could
do a better job of sharing with
them - just working together
more efficiently and eliminating
Under Neumann's leadership,
a hospital security officer taught
a class to University Police
officers on crime prevention
through environmental design
- a way to systemically evalu-
ate the security of a facility and
harden it against intrusion.
Neumann would not say what
his other plans for changes were
for the University Police; beyond
stayingbusy with the new DPSS,
he said it was too premature to

delve into his own ideas for bet-
tering the department.
One initiative he did highlight
was the importance of main-
taining a strong relationship
with students.
"I want the department to be
more closely engaged in the stu-
dent community, and be more
visible with student leadership,"
he said.
According to Neumann, stu-
dents' perception of the Univer-
sity Police is not consistent with
how officers within the depart-
ment view themselves.
"I really want to focus on our
community outreach and hav-
ing the students have a comfort
level with our department so that
we're not perceived as out to get
tickets and arrests," he said.
According to the 2012-2013
incident report issued by the
University's Office of Student
Conflict Resolution, underage
alcohol consumption - which
wentup 42 percent - is the high-
est reported form of misconduct
on campus. Neumann said their
philosophy for underage alcohol
consumption prioritizes safety -
not punishment - whether that
be in dorms or on a game day.
"When we write up a minor
in possession of alcohol, that
initiates a process of interven-
tion to get somebody help," Neu-
mann said. "The goal is to get
people the help that they need.
It's to help everyone else in that
environment to have a safe and
enjoyable experience ... The goal
is not to punish."
Neumann said there is not
anything about the job keeping
him up at night just yet.
"You always worry about any-
thingthat mighthappen on cam-
pus. There's always the threat
of violence," he said. "There's a
lot to worry about in the world.
I don't spend a lot of time wor-
rying on things I can't control,
but trying to educate the com-
munity on having them help us."

From Page 1
said that there needs to be a hier-
archicalsystem at timesbut added
that he wants to avoid an autocrat-
ic style and focus on including all
levels of the department.
"Culture of everybody feel-
ing valued and included is what I
strive for," Neumann said.
Even though Neumann is now
the chief of police, he said he never
envisioned this opportunity when
he first began to followhis passion.
"It was not one of my aspira-
tions necessarily to be a police

chief," Neumann said. "My big
goal was to serve in the capacity I
was serving and do the best that I
can do."
Although Neumann is still new
to the job, he said that his experi-
ence in the community and cam-
pus and his relationships with
colleagues in the police force may
have set him apart from other can-
didates and will help him in his
new job.
In 1982, Neumann worked with
State Security Services, a contract
guard service that was a security
unit for buildings on campus. Neu-
mann was promoted to lieutenant
of the guard service and worked
continuously on campus until the

Department of Public Safety hired
him in January 1985.
Once with the Department of
Public Safety, Neumann worked
with Michigan State Police
through The Explorer Program,
which provided citizens with an
interest in law enforcement the
opportunity to ride along with
police officers.
Neumann said that this pro-
gram influenced him to become a
police officer.
"It really solidified my interest
in law enforcement as a career,"
Neumann said.
After being sworn into the
police force in 1990, he was pro-
moted a sergeant in 1992, serving

in the position until 1999, where
Neumann's duties included being
a shift supervisor and an investi-
gator in the investigations bureau.
From 1999 to February 2014,
Neumann worked as a lieutenant,
where he worked as a shift com-
mander and supervisor in charge
of the criminal investigations unit
from 2004 to 2009.
In 2009, Neumann graduated
from the Federal Bureau of Inves-
tigation's National Academy and
was in charge of control opera-
tions at UMPD. In February 2012,
Neumann went back to being a
supervisor in charge of the crimi-
nal investigations unit.
Eddie Washington, Jr., the

executive director of the Division
of Public Safety and Security, said
he is confident in Neumann's qual-
ifications for the position.
"Chief Neumann has a proven
record of building extensive rela-
tionships across the University as
well as within our Division and
with many local and federal agen-
cies," Washington said. "These
effective relationships, along with
Bob's loyalty and commitment
to the U-M students, faculty and
staff, will continue to benefit our
campus community with Bob
leading our law enforcement ser-
vice delivery. I'm very excited to
have Bob join our public safety and
security management team."


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