Interim President of the University of Michigan Mary Sue Coleman announced Tuesday she recommends an appointment Lori K. McCauleycurrent dean Faculty of Dentistry as next Vice Rector and Vice President of Education at the University of Michigan. The regency council will discuss and vote to approve McCauley’s appointment at a March 24 council meeting.
If her appointment is approved by the council, McCauley will succeed Vice Rector Susan Collins, who plans to step down at the university on May 15 to take over as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Collins has served as vice-chancellor since Martin Filbert, her predecessor, was appointed administrative leave in January 2020 because of the many charges of sexual abuse. McCauley’s term will begin on May 16 and will end on June 30, 2023 or after the appointment of a permanent vice-chancellor.
In a press release, Coleman wrote that McCauley’s credentials and experience at the university during her tenure as dean will be useful when the university takes place presidential transition process.
“Dean McCauley’s proven leadership skills, deep experience, and demonstrated commitment to the University of Michigan make her an ideal fit to serve as vice president and executive vice president of academia,” Coleman wrote. “She will be an important partner for the next president if they move to that role and start looking for a permanent vice-chancellor.”
McCauley has held the position of Dean of Dentistry since 2013, making her one of the longest-serving Deans at the University today. She has worked at the university since 1992, when she became an assistant professor of dentistry and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ohio State University. In addition to his role as dean, McCauley is also a professor of periodontology at the dental school and pathology at the medical school.
In a press release, McCauley wrote that she wants to use this position to advance university scholars, acknowledging his previous successes.
“I look forward to working with the UM community to continue to improve our academic programs and celebrate the breadth and depth of achievement on our campus,” McCauley wrote.
Daily News editor Ronnie Kane contributed to the report.