Martha E. Pollack named university provost

Martha E. Pollack

Former School of Information dean Martha E. Pollack has been selected to serve as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs of the University of Michigan by President Mary Sue Coleman. Pollack has served as the university’s vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs since stepping down from the UMSI deanship in 2010. 

Her two-year appointment will be effective starting May 6, pending approval from the Board of Regents at its February 21 meeting. She succeeds Phil Hanlon, who is leaving to become president of Dartmouth College.

"Martha Pollack is an effective leader who understands how to maintain world-class academics through a disciplined approach to finances. She has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities currently facing higher education," Coleman said. "Her appointment as provost reflects a deep knowledge of this institution that is grounded in her work as a faculty member, department chair and dean."

Pollack also is a professor of information in the School of Information and professor of computer science and engineering in the College of Engineering.

The provost is the both the chief academic officer and chief budgetary officer of the university, responsible for sustaining and enhancing the university's academic excellence in teaching, research and creative endeavors. The provost oversees the activities of the university's 19 schools and colleges as well as the many interdisciplinary institutes and centers.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the University of Michigan as provost," Pollack said. "This remains one of the world's premier institutions of higher education and I am both humbled and honored to be a part of an incredibly dedicated leadership team."

Prior to becoming dean of UMSI in 2007, Pollack was associate chair for computer science and engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She has been a member of the U-M faculty since 2000, and previously was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the technical staff of SRI International.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

POsted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013