President Mary Sue Coleman
As president, she has unveiled several major initiatives that will have an impact on future generations of students, the intellectual life of the campus, and society at large. These initiatives include the interdisciplinary richness of the U-M, student residential life, the economic vitality of the state and nation, global engagement, and the value of innovation and creativity.
Time magazine has named her one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents.”
President Coleman holds several higher education leadership positions at the national level. She currently serves as chair of the Association of American Universities, which encompasses 61 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.
President Obama has selected her as one of six university presidents to help launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together industry, universities and the federal government. And in 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke named her co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Under President Coleman’s leadership, the University has launched and expanded academic partnerships with universities in China, Ghana, South Africa, and Brazil. She also announced a groundbreaking partnership between the University and Google, which will enable the public to search the text of the University’s 7-million-volume library and will open the way to universal access and the preservation of recorded human knowledge.
She is regarded as a national spokesperson on the educational value of diverse perspectives in the classroom. Her extensive leadership positions in higher education have included membership on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Directors and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Elected to the Institute of Medicine, President Coleman also is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
James Paul Holloway
James Holloway is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education. Professor Holloway earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nuclear Engineering, an CAS in Mathematics from Cambridge University, and doctorate in Engineering Physics at the University of Virginia, where he was subsequently Research Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics and Applied Mathematics. Professor Holloway joined the faculty of U-M as an assistant professor for Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences in January 1990. Subsequently promoted to Associate then Full professor, in 2007, he was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. Later that year, he became associate dean for undergraduate education for the College of Engineering.
As Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education Professor Holloway is focused on the ways in which the U-M engages the world through both scholarship and education. He is interested in developing a global perspective in U-M scholarship and in its impact, and in facilitating the development of a broad set of platforms – both domestically and internationally – for experiential learning accessible to all students at the U-M.
Professor Holloway has lived in Thailand and England, and has worked and taught in Germany and Ghana. He has also managed the U-M relationship with the UM-SJTU Joint Institute in Shanghai since 2007.
Professor Holloway’s research has focused on the computational modeling of radiation interactions with matter, and related problems in inverse problems and plasma tomography. He served as co-PI on the University of Michigan’s CRASH center, and led the centers uncertainty quantification program. He has served as reviewer for many journals and programs, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transport Theory and Statistical Physics. He has also undertaken research in engineering education, including studying student identity and gender in the engineering classroom. James has taught large first year classes and specialized graduate level courses, and much in between. Currently he is teaching ENGR 260, Engineering Across Cultures, in the College of Engineering.
Alison Davis‐Blake is Edward J. Frey Dean of the Ross School of Business, as well as Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business. Davis‐Blake seeks to establish the Ross School of Business as the most innovative provider of lifelong business education. Since her arrival at Ross on July 1, 2011, she has:
• positioned the school globally for its new mission to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world
• launched a comprehensive strategic plan focusing on the School’s strengths in positive
business, boundaryless education, analytic rigor, and action‐based learning
• brought the Executive MBA Program to Los Angeles
• introduced the Master of Management and Minor in Business programs
• launched the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship program, offered jointly with the
College of Engineering
• expanded the number of students in the BBA Program by 20 percent
• increased global study opportunities and formed new partnerships with universities
around the world
• expanded Ross activities in India and Southeast Asia
• hired 21 new faculty members and 18 lecturers, constituting more than 20 percent of the teaching faculty at the school.
As part of implementing the School’s strategic priorities, Davis‐Blake facilitated an historic philanthropic gift to the Ross School. On September 4, 2013, Stephen M. Ross announced his intention to give an additional $200 million to the University of Michigan, with $100 million allocated for the Ross School.
Davis‐Blake is an expert on strategic human resource management and organizational design. Prior to joining Ross in 2011, Davis‐Blake was dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota from 2006 to 2011. She was the first female dean at both Carlson and Ross. Prior to this, Davis‐Blake was on the faculty at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas (Austin) and Carnegie Mellon University.
Davis‐Blake obtained her PhD in organizational behavior from Stanford University and her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University.
David C. Munson, Jr.
David Munson is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware and the M.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University. Prior to Michigan, he was on the electrical and computer engineering faculty at the University of Illinois.
Professor Munson’s research is focused on signal processing issues in imaging systems. He is co-founder of InstaRecon, Inc., which is commercializing fast algorithms for image formation in computer tomography. He is co-author of the Infinity Project textbook on the digital world, which has been used in about 400 high schools nationwide.
Professor Munson is a Fellow of the IEEE, a past president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, and co-founder of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing. In addition to multiple teaching awards and other honors, he was presented the Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, he served as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, he received an IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and he was the Texas Instruments Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rice University.
He currently is serving as a director on the ASEE Engineering Deans Council Executive Board and also as a director of the Engineering Society of Detroit.
Barbara Ackley is the Assistant Vice President of International Giving and works with the University of Michigan’s leading donors. She travels on behalf of the University to solicit gifts for the support of scholarships, global programs and faculty support. In addition she is the liaison to the President’s Office regarding all development activities.
Ms. Ackley has been with the University of Michigan since 1996 and has served in a wide range of development roles. At the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan she directed the major gift program. She led the restructuring and growth of the program during a critical transition phrase transforming it from a single person entity to an energetic diverse team of development officers.
During her career at the University, Ms. Ackley has directed the annual giving program, served as the writer for foundation grant proposals, led the fundraising for the school’s women’s initiative and participated in the planning process of the $100 million gift to name the Ross School. She played an active role in strategy-setting for the school’s involvement in the University of Michigan’s campaign, a comprehensive university-wide initiative that raised $3.2 billion.
Prior to joining the development team at the University of Michigan, Ms. Ackley was a consultant for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has served as executive director of a State of Michigan non-profit organization and was the president and founder of a design firm based in London with an office in the Middle East.
Barbara Ackley received her B.A. from Michigan State University and M.S. from Eastern Michigan University. She currently serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.
Steve Grafton is in his 20th year as President and CEO of the 100,000-member Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. In this role, he ensures that the Association continually provides greater levels of service to Michigan alumni to involve them in greater levels of engagement with their University. To accomplish these goals, the Association must be a dynamic organization that is both willing and able to adapt to the changing needs of the University and its alumni.
During his tenure at Michigan, the Alumni Association has developed several new programs and enhanced others. A full range of services for alumni now exists to help them manage their careers. The 65-plus geographical alumni clubs, which previously existed independently, are fully integrated and support Association and University goals. Alumni have access to almost 1,000 educational offerings from the University of Michigan.
The Association offers a full range of communications to keep alumni informed about the University and each other, including immediate, real-time messages via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To ensure that all U-M students experience and thrive in an atmosphere of cultural, racial, and gender diversity, the Alumni Association has provided scholarships through its LEAD Scholars Program since 2007. And as the University stands on the threshold of its next capital campaign, the Association has committed to increasing the scope of the program by making LEAD one of its fundraising priorities. Other priorities include the Association’s 2017 Fund, a pledge to increase membership with a nod to the University’s 2017 bicentennial.
Grafton is a charter member and the current President of the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE). He also served on the board of trustees of the
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and chaired CASE’s Commission on Alumni Relations. He has been a district director and faculty member for numerous CASE conferences, an author of articles on alumni relations, and an editor of the “Handbook of Institutional Advancement.”
Before coming to Michigan, Grafton was executive director of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association. He also served as legislative director for U.S. Sen. John Stennis, D-MS. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public policy and administration, both from Mississippi State University.
William G. Axinn
William Axinn is Director of the Survey Research Center, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at University of Michigan. The Survey Research Center (SRC) is an international leader in interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection and analysis of data, especially data from scientific sample surveys. SRC conducts some of the most widely cited and influential social research studies in the world and advances the scientific method of social research through teaching and training. SRC international programs focus on long term partnerships with leading institutions outside of the United States to teach survey methodology, build the infrastructure for large scale data collection operations, and assist local scientists in the conduct of social research on important scientific and public policy topics. Professor Axinn specializes in community and intergenerational influences on marriage and fertility behavior, mixed method approaches for measuring population change and variation, and population and environment dynamics. He has worked extensively both in Nepal and the United States. He is the Director of the Population and Ecology Research Laboratory in Nepal, a joint laboratory between Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan and the Institute for Social and Environmental Research Nepal. He is also the current Deputy Director of the US National Survey of Family Growth.
Joseph C. Kolars, M.D.
Joseph Kolars is the Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Professions Education, and Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives at the University of Michigan Medical School. A practicing gastroenterologist, Dr. Kolars has held a number of leadership roles in education programs for medical students, residents, and fellows at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan. In 2010, he was appointed inaugural co-director of the Joint Institute for Clinical and Translational Research between the University of Michigan Medical School and Peking University Health Science Center. This virtual institute consists of four thematic programs and three cores to facilitate joint research projects and training initiatives between the schools and their affiliated hospitals. Global health has been a major component of his career with a focus on education and health system strengthening in low and middle-income countries. He lived with his family in Shanghai from 1996-1999 to help establish one of China’s first western-based health care systems. From 2007-11 he spent 50% of his time with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he lead their education collaborative initiative that partnered six health science schools in Sub-saharan Africa with those in the U.S. Because of this work, he was selected to serve as Scientific Advisor, for the Global Independent Commission on the Education of Health Professionals which published the Lancet Commission Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world for the 21st Century in 2010. He served as senior author on one of the contributing reports entitled, ‘Competency-based education in the health professions: Implications for improving global health’. At present, Dr. Kolars is on the advisory board for the Fogarty International Center at NIH and an advisor to the NIH/PEPFAR Medical Education Partnership Initiative’s coordinating center at George Washington University. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1982 from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his post-graduate training at the University of Michigan.
Ruma Banerjee is the Vincent Massey Collegiate Professor and Associate Chair of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan Medical School. Banerjee’s research interests are in the area of the chemical biology of sulfur-based redox homeostasis and signaling, the interactions between dietary inputs (B vitamins and sulfur-containing amino acids) and redox metabolism, the enzymology of hydrogen sulfide-based signaling in health and disease and elucidation of protein functions in the pathway for B12 trafficking in humans. She has edited books on “The Chemistry and Biochemistry of B12” and on “Redox Biochemistry” and has published >195 scientific articles. She is interested in science education and with her kids, is publishing a children’s story later this year on the use of the fruit fly as a model animal in biomedical research, which will be part of a science outreach project of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Banerjee received her BS and MS degrees from Delhi University and PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. She received the Pfizer Award from the American Chemical Society, awarded annually to one person under the age of 40 for outstanding contributions to enzymology, in 2001. She was an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association from 2000-2003. Banerjee serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Biological Chemistry and for Chemical Reviews and is on the editorial board of Antioxidants and Redox Signaling. Banerjee is active in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and in the American Chemical Society and has held various elected positions in both organizations. She is as Chair of the Molecular Structure Function A study section at the National Institutes of Health and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Will Glover is jointly appointed in the Architecture program and the department of History. His research interests include South Asian colonial and post-colonial urban and cultural history, social theory, and the material culture of built environments. He is the author of Making Lahore Modern: Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), and of several articles exploring the imbrication of built environments, knowledge cultures, and urban processes in colonial South Asia. Glover’s current research is directed towards understanding the processes of modernization in mid-twentieth-century India. His research questions how socio-economic concepts and practices deployed under the rubric of development have intersected with and helped shape physical designs for the proper organization of social life, particularly those designs that have explicitly problematized differences between rural and urban milieus. Sites of particular interest to this project include mid-century new town developments in India, the re-engineering of early twentieth century agrarian landscapes and domiciles, and the institutionalization of a multi-disciplinary formation of urban design expertise across the long twentieth century. Glover is the former Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for South Asian Studies (2007-09), and former Associate Director of the International Institute at the University of Michigan (2009-11). He currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies in the department of History.
Farina Mir is Associate Professor of South Asian History and Director of the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. After completing her PhD at Columbia University, Mir held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and was Assistant Professor of South Asian History at the University of Virginia. She joined the University of Michigan in 2003. Mir is a social and cultural historian of colonial India. Her interests include vernacular literatures and cultures, religion, and politics. Her books include: The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010) winner of the 2011 John F. Richards Prize from the American Historical Association and the 2012 Bernard Cohn Prize from the Association of Asian Studies; and Farina Mir and Anshu Malhotra, eds., Punjab Reconsidered: History, Culture, and Practice (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012). Mir has extensive research experience in India, having held two Fulbright Fellowships, the first in 1998 and more recently, a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Grant (2011). This year, under the auspices of the Center for South Asian Studies, she is organizing a program at U-M called “India in the World,” bringing leading musicians, artists, diplomats, and scholars to the Ann Arbor campus.
Mandira Banerjee is India Communications Manager at University of Michigan News Service. She has more than 10 years of experience working in India and in the U.S. on multiple media platforms. She brings together her journalism, television news and documentary production skills towards creating narratives on cutting-edge research, teaching and student activities at the University.
She has a Master’s degree from Boston University and has worked with Voice of America, and Public Broadcasting Service, among others. Her work has appeared in local, national, and international media.
Mandira can be reached at email@example.com.