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'U' Administrative

Turnover In Past 18 Months Hits New High

Hatcher, Niehuss, Pierpont
ReceiveTop Appointments








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T.e University will be heading
into its 1951-52 year with a re-
vamped line-up, led by a large
aggregate of newly-appointed ad-
In fact, in the past 18 months
the University has undergone the
largest turnover of its adminis-
trative personnel in its history, so
several sources have reported.
of course, is President Harlan
Henthorne Hatcher, lured from
Ohio State to succeed recently-
retired Alexander G. Ruthven.
The responsibilities of the
provost's office, vacated by
James P. Adams last June, have
been assumed by Marvin L. Nie-
huss, who is now enjoyingiwo
titles-vice-president and dean
of faculties.
The University's other vice-
president, Wilbur K. Pierpont was
promoted last year to succeed
Robert P. Briggs upon the lat-
ter's resignation. At about the
same time, Gilbert K. Lee suc-
ceeded Pierpont as controller, and
Katz Succeeds
Dean Brown
As Chairman'
Prof. Donald L. Katz, of the
chemical engineering department,
has succeeded Dean George Gran-
ger Brown, now head of the en-
gineering college, as chairman of
that department.
The new chairman holds three
degrees from the University and
has been a member of the faculty
since 1936. He is in frequent de-
mand for consulting work with
industrial and government agen-
cies, and is also active in research,
especially in the field of petroleum,
gas and heat transfer.
In 1949, Prof. Katz received the
Hanlon Award for Achievement in
the Field of Natural Gasoline.

Prof. Harold M. Dorr followed the
retired Louis A. Hopkins as sum-
mer session director.
* * *
NOWHERE, however, is the
turnover more sweeping than
among the deans of the various
schools and colleges. Among the
new deans are:
Dean of Women Deborah Ba-
con; Fidele F. Fauri, of the new
School of Social Work; George
G. Brown, of the engineering
college; Stanley G. Fontanna,
of the natural resources school;
Thomas Rowe, of the pharmacy
college; Paul Jeserich, of the
dental school; and James H.
Robertson, assistant literary
college dean.
Yet to be appointed are deans
to replace James B. Edmonson
and Hayward Keniston, respec-
tive heads of the education school
and the. literary college. Dean
Edmonson plans to retire in Feb-
ruary, while Dean Keniston's
resignation was officially recog-
nized Sept. 15.
* * *
IN THE meantime, Burton D.
Thuma, associate dean of the
literary college, has been assum-
ing the administrative responsi-
bilities of Dean Keniston pending
the appointment of the dean's
Dean Thuma took over these
responsibilities only five days
after he himself had been
named associate dean of the
literary c o 11l e g e, succeeding
Lloyd S. Woodburne.
The office of De'an of Students
Erich °A. Walter will also have a
new face this fall. Joseph H.
Fee, newly-appointed assistant to
Dean Walter, will have the job of
acting as counselor to 42 chapters
of local and national fraternities
on campus.
The department of chemical
a n d metallurgical engineering
will have a freshman chairman
this fall in the person of Prof.
Donald K. Katz, who has taken
over in place of promoted Dean

Fauri Heads
New Social
Work School
Fidele F. Fauri, former director
of the Michigan Department of
Social Welfare, will serve as dean
of the new School of Social Work
this fall.
A native of Michigan, the new
dean obtained a Bachelor of Arts
degree in 1930 and a Bachelor of
Law degree in 1933 from the
In 1943, he was named as di-
rector of the Michigan Depart-
ment of Social Welfare.
s s s

* . .

Dean Returns to Rostrum

A prominent figure at the Uni-
versity, Dean Hayward Keniston
of the literary college has re-
signed his position to return to
the classroom.
By action of the Board of Re-
gents, he has been appointed the
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
University Professor of Romance
Languages. Prof. Keniston, whose
retirement furlough begins in
1952, has requested permission to
spend his final year as an active
member of the staff in teaching.
* * *
REFERRING to the resignation,
Vice-president Marvin L. Niehuss
said: "Dean Keniston has pro-
vided inspiring and effective lead-
ership for the University's largest
college during the critical post-
war years from 1945 to 1951.
"It is with sincere regret that
the administrative officers and
Regents have acceded to his
desire that he be permitted to
return to his teaching duties
for the last year of his active
university service.
"His distinguished achievements
and his exceptional qualities as a

* *4 *
Fontanna Gets
New Position
Another newcomer among the
deans is Stanley G. Fontanna,
now heading the natural re-I
sources school.
Dean Fontanna's appointment
was made effective last July by
the Board of Regents after Sam-
uel T. Dana relinquished the po-
* * *
FORMERLY A deputy director
of the Michigan Department of
Conversation, Dean Fontanna re-
ceived a Bachelor of Science de-
gree from the University in 1917.
After a brief career in the
army, Dean Fontanna turned
his attentions to governmental
problems in conservation. Since
1929 when he joined the Michi-
gan Department of Conserva-
tion, Dean Fontanna has been
active in a wide number of or-
ganizations concerned with for-
estry and conservation.
Retired Dean Dana, who has
held the position since 1927, will
continue on the faculty of the
University in a new professgrship
known as the Filibert Roth Uni-
versity Professor of Forestry. His
retirement furlough will start on
July 1, 1952.

* * * .
Thuma Named
On Sept. 10 Burton D. Thuma
was named associate dean of the
literary college and five days
later, upon the resignation of
Dean Hayward Keniston, tenta-
tively assumed the dean's duties
pending the appointment of his
Since1950 Dean Thuma had
been administrative assistant in
the literary college office.
A navy veteran in World War
11, Dean Thuma is a member of
the executive committee of the lit-
erary college.

* * *
teacher and scholar have been
recognized by the Regents in
designating him as Sarmiento
University Professor of Romance
* * *
A NATIVE of Massachusetts,

Prof. Keniston received his edu-
cation at Harvard University
where he earned three degrees.
He became a member of the Uni-
versity faculty in 1940 and has
served as dean of the literary col-
lege since 1945.
Before joining the University
faculty, he taught at Colby Col-
lege, Hotchkiss School, Harvard,
Cornell, University of Califor-
nia and the University of Chi-
During World War I, Prof.
Keniston was an assistant in the
office of the military attache to
the American Embassy in Rome.
He acted as cultural relations
attache in the American Embassy
in Buenos Aires from 1942 to
Prof. Keniston has received.
many academic honors, among
them the Dante Prize of the
Dante Society in America and a
medal in arts and letters from the
Hispanic Society of America.
He is the author of several
books on Spanish-American lit-
erature and has contributed wide-
ly to publications in the field of
languages and literatures.




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