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About the Presidential Search Committee

Established by the U-M Board of Regents, the Presidential Search Committee works with Regents and an executive search firm to identify and review candidates and make recommendations for the full Board of Regents’ consideration. The co-chairs of the committee are Regents Sarah Hubbard and Denise Ilitch.

In addition to the eight members of the Board of Regents, committee members include:

  • Lizabeth Ardisana, CEO ASG Renaissance Lizabeth Ardisana is an entrepreneur having co-founded ASG Renaissance, a technical and communications firm that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and Performance Driven Workforce (PDW), a scheduling and staffing firm which was co-founded in 2015 and has since expanded to five states. Ardisana holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit, a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Texas
  • Ketra Armstrong, Professor of Sport Management, School of Kinesiology Dr. Armstrong is a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor. She is a Professor of Sport Management, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity in Sport in the School of Kinesiology. She has courtesy appointments in the Departments of Women's and Gender Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies, and she is also UM's Faculty Athletics Representative.
  • Brandon Bond, MPH/MSW Candidate Brandon Bond is a first-generation UM alum and current graduate student in the School of Public Health and Social Work. Throughout his time at UM he has served in various leadership roles to advocate for student interests including the VP of Student Life Advisory Board, Dean of Students Advisory Board, OEM Advisory Board, UM Advancing Public Safety at UM Task Force, and President of the Public Health Student Assembly. He is dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of student needs is reflected in the selection of the next UM President.
  • John M. Carethers, M.D., C. Richard Boland Distinguished University Professor; John G. Searle Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine; Professor, Human Genetics Dr. Carethers is a physician-scientist and trained translational researcher in the field of colorectal cancer. He has been a member of the University of Michigan faculty since 2009 when he was recruited as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, now overseeing 930 active faculty.
  • Tabbye M. Chavous, Professor of Education and Psychology, Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, College of LSA Tabbye M. Chavous is a professor of education and psychology, director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Chavous' research focuses on adolescent and young adult identity development; achievement motivation and resilience processes among racially minoritized students; and the impacts of diversity climates in secondary and higher education settings, including implications for students' academic, social, and psychological adjustment. Chavous is also co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation funded Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context, which conducts innovative, action-oriented research on the positive development of Black youth and families and provides research training, mentoring, and professional development resources to students and early career scholars. (Update: Tabbye M. Chavous has resigned from the Presidential Search Committee to avoid any conflict with her new roles as vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. As chief diversity officer, she will serve as an adviser to the president. She starts her new position Aug. 1.)
  • Colleen Conway, Professor of Music Education Colleen Conway has been a professor in the music education department since 2001 and works with students studying to be band and orchestra directors as well as teaches graduate research and pedagogy courses. She has served the larger University community as a member of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs and was chair of the faculty senate in 2020-2021. Her daughter graduated from the University of Michigan in 2019 and her son is a current student in the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.
  • Sharon Glotzer, Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Engineering Sharon C. Glotzer is the Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering, John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.Glotzer runs a large computational research group of 30 students, postdocs, and research staff, and has published over 270 refereed papers and presented over 300 plenary, keynote and invited talks around the world.
  • Kirsten Herold, Lecturer IV, School of Public Health Ann Arbor; President, LEO Kirsten Herold, Ph.D. is a Lecturer IV in the Ann Arbor School of Public Health, where she runs a small writing lab serving SPH students, faculty, and staff. In addition, she is President of the Lecturers Employee Organization (LEO), which she helped start 20 years ago.
  • Mike Jandernoa, Former Perrigo CEO & Chairman After a 38-year career at Perrigo, I started a family office with my wife, Sue, and our three sons in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a Michigan BBA grad, I've been active and involved in a number of University activities including Business School Visiting Committee for 20 years, the Presidential Search Committee resulting in the hiring of Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, the President's Advisory Group since early 2000s, and was Co-Chair of Victors for Michigan capital campaign. Over the last few years, I've been actively involved with policy in the State of Michigan working to transform K-12 education for at-risk kids with the Business Leaders for Michigan, West Michigan Policy Forum, and TALENT 2025. The Jandernoa Foundation has been supporting Deborah Loewenberg Ball and TeachingWorks in several public schools in West Michigan.
  • Paul Lee, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Medical School Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D., is the F. Bruce Fralick Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Michigan; and Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Lee is a leader in understanding and improving eye and health care and health policy, with a focus on population health and health disparities.
  • Alison Narayan, Mary Sue Coleman Associate Professor of the Life Sciences Institute and Department of Chemistry Dr. Alison Narayan is a LSA alumna who returned to UM after her doctoral studies in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently the Mary Sue Coleman Associate Professor in the Life Sciences Institute and Department of Chemistry. Dr. Narayan leads a research group that develops sustainable routes to drug-like molecules using enzymatic chemistry and teaches organic chemistry and chemical biology courses.
  • Will Sherry, Director of the Spectrum Center and Interim Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Life Will Sherry (he/him/his) is a student affairs social worker committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within organizations and institutions. As the Director of the Spectrum Center Will leads the most historic gender and sexuality center on a college campus in the country, currently in its 50th year. Will has led the Center's continued growth through the development of sustainable partnerships, enhancements to stakeholder engagement, and stewardship of institutional policy and practice changes.
  • Huda Shulaiba, Undergraduate student in the School of Information Huda Shulaiba is an undergraduate student in the School of Information studying data analysis and English.
  • Michael Solomon, Dean of Rackham Graduate School, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs - Graduate Studies, and Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Macromolecular Science and Engineering Mike Solomon has been Dean and Vice Provost since 2018. His research interests are in the fields of self-assembly, rheology, and soft matter; his teaching has been in chemical separations and process engineering economics.
  • Dug Song, Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco Security Dug Song is co-founder and general manager of Duo Security, one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity providers in the world. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Michigan.
  • DeLean Tolbert Smith, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering DeLean Tolbert Smith joined the faculty of the College of Engineering and Computer Science in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. Her community-engaged research focuses on identifying ways that Black youth learn engineering and design knowledge through family and community experiences. She received a BSE degree in electrical engineering from UM-Dearborn, a Master's degree in industrial engineering from UM-Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. degree in engineering education from Purdue University.
  • Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, Professor of Nursing Dr. Hiba Wehbe-Alamah is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Wehbe-Alamah teaches, advises,and conducts research with nursing students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Her scholarly interests include promoting cultural competence to diverse healthcare providers, students, and faculty; health disparities; folk beliefs and practices; obesity; women's health; primary care; mental health; creative teaching methodologies; and technology use in the academic setting.
  • Kaaren M. Williamsen, Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center Kaaren M. Williamsen, Phd, is Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. She has also served as the Title IX Coordinator at Swarthmore College and was the founding director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at Carleton College, where she also served as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Prevention. Kaaren has masters' degrees in women's studies (Minnesota State, Mankato) and counseling and student personnel psychology (University of Minnesota); she holds a Phd in organizational leadership, policy, and development from the University of Minnesota.