Office of the Provost

Best Practices for Centers and Institutes Task Force
Chair: Phil Hanlon, Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs

One of the most distinctive features of the University of Michigan is its culture of collaborative teaching and research built on a foundation of broad academic excellence. This culture is supported to a great extent by the University’s centers, institutes and interdisciplinary initiatives. Arguably, the continued excellence of the University is tied to its ability to sustain a rich variety of highly successful centers and institutes. At the same time, the current economic climate compels us to seek ways to run all of our units as efficiently as possible.

For these reasons, we are interested in studying best practices within the centers and institutes on our campus including what attributes and structures make them productive, successful and efficient. Ultimately, we hope to derive best practices that allow different kinds of centers and institutes to successfully achieve their missions and operate efficiently. Please email with comments, questions, or ideas for the Best Practices for Centers and Institutes task force.


Task Force Members:

  • Anne Berens, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost
  • Susan Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy
  • Paul Courant, University Librarian & Dean of Libraries
  • Steve Forrest, Vice President for Research
  • Rick Francis, Associate Dean for Special Projects, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • James Jackson, Director, Institute for Social Research
  • David Potter, Professor of Greek and Latin, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Janet Weiss, Dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

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