Edward Willis, the highly respected Dean of Students, has resigned:
“Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 10:59:13 -0400
From: “E. Royster Harper”
Reply-To: “E. Royster Harper”
Subject: Dean of Students
To: MI-Roundtable at umich.edu, msa.reps at umich.edu
I know that many of you are away from campus for the break, but I am sending this note in case you happen to be checking your messages over the summer. I regret to inform you that Edward Willis, the Dean of Students since 2002, has resigned from that position. Mr. Willis has recently decided to focus more time supporting his family, and I understand and respect his decision.
Ed is a valued member of the University of Michigan community and his presence within Student Affairs will be missed. We are grateful for his leadership, which has made a considerable difference at U-M. He served on a number of committees, among them the Undergraduate Council, the Provost’s Task Force on Campus Climate for Transgender Bisexual Lesbian
Gay Faculty, Staff and Students, the Diversity Council, and Fan Behavior. Through his open, approachable style, he has been able to recognize and respond to an array of student needs.
An announcement concerning interim plans will be made shortly. In the meantime, I am calling together an advisory group to explore the appropriate next steps in launching a search for a successor.
I would like to thank Ed Willis for his remarkable service to U-M. I ask the campus community to join me in wishing him a warm and fond farewell, and the best in all his future endeavors.
E. Royster Harper
Vice President for Student Affairs”