UMSI professor serves as interim provost
University of Michigan School of Information professor Paul Courant has been appointed to serve as the interim provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, U-M president Mark Schlissel has announced. He will begin his service on February 1, 2017, as the current provost, Martha Pollack, prepares to assume her role as president of Cornell University. Before becoming vice-provost and then provost of the university, Pollack served as the dean of the School of Information from 2007 to 2010.
Dr. Courant is a distinguished faculty member who has served in a number of senior leadership positions over the years. He was University of Michigan provost from 2002 to 2005, and has been the dean of libraries, an associate provost, the Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy) and chair of the Department of Economics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
He currently is the Harold T. Shapiro collegiate professor of public policy, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor, and professor of economics and of information. Dr. Courant earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Swarthmore College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.
“I am grateful to Dr. Courant for being willing to join our administrative ranks once again and serve in this important capacity,” President Schlissel said in making the announcement.