ANN ARBOR, MI – The longest-serving chancellor in University of Michigan-Dearborn history is stepping down following the end of his term.
Daniel Little, who has served as chancellor of the UM-Dearborn campus since 2000, announced he would be stepping down, effective June 30, 2018, in a letter to the campus community.
UM President Mark Schlissel commended Little on his contributions to the university over nearly two decades during the university’s Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, May 18.
“Dan, for now, I’d just like to say how much I appreciate your deep commitment to our academic mission, and your steadfast dedication to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion on your campus and the entirety of southeast Michigan,” Schlissel said during Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting.
“He’s advanced a metropolitan vision for the campus, building enduring partnerships within the region that are benefiting the community, its employers and the UM-Dearborn students,” Schlissel added. “Today, the Dearborn campus is a more vibrant destination for students and community members, and new academic programs and enrollments are at all-time highs.”
The UM-Dearborn campus has seen growth during Little’s tenure as chancellor, both in enrollment and in the development of new facilities, including The Union at Dearborn – the first housing option specifically designed for UM-Dearborn students in more than 25 years – and the renovated Natural Science Building, which opened in September 2016.
During its recent commencement celebration, UM-Dearborn awarded degrees to more than 1,000 students – a record for the campus.
In his letter to the campus community, Little said he wanted to provide the university with ample time to find his successor. He noted he would not be retiring from the university, however, with the expectation of returning to the work of research and teaching on both the UM-Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses.
“I have continued to teach throughout my career at UM-Dearborn, both here and in Ann Arbor, and I expect this pattern to continue,” Little wrote. “My experiences on both campuses have continued to refresh my excitement for teaching, research and collaboration.”
Little referred to his work as chancellor at UM-Dearborn as “the most satisfying experience of my entire career,” noting the devotion to students from faculty and staff.
“The people of UM-Dearborn are very special,” Little wrote. “You are devoted to our students, enthusiastic about our educational mission, and generous in collaboration with each other. I know that my work as chancellor would have been impossible without you, the faculty, staff and administration of the university, and your generous commitment to our work as a community. Our shared commitments to the values of inclusion, student success, academic excellence and metropolitan engagement continue to inspire me, and I am most grateful.”
Schlissel said a search for Little’s replacement will begin in the coming…