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Friday, March 27, 2009


Michael Halleran to step down as Arts and Sciences dean
Accepts post as provost at William & Mary

The largest of the University of Miami’s 12 schools and colleges is losing its leader.

Michael R. Halleran, who assumed the reins of the College of Arts and Sciences nearly four years ago and led it through a dynamic period of growth that included a dramatic increase in fundraising as well as the launch of programs to improve the student experience and enhance faculty diversity, is leaving the University to become the College of William & Mary’s chief academic officer.

Halleran announced yesterday that he will become provost at the Williamsburg, Virginia-based school effective July 1, replacing the retiring P. Geoffrey Feiss.

“I am pleased to have this new opportunity,” Halleran said, “but I am sad to leave my colleagues and friends at UM. It has been an honor to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the past four years and a privilege to work with so many wonderful and dedicated individuals to move our great University forward.”

Halleran was the second academic dean hired by UM President Donna E. Shalala. During his tenure here, he has been responsible for the oversight of 20 departments and 11 interdisciplinary programs in a college that boasts more than 4,000 undergraduates, 600 graduate students, and over 400 faculty.

As dean, Halleran hired more than 70 faculty members, secured outside support for the college’s research infrastructure, and improved the undergraduate experience. For example, under his leadership, Miami launched a new first-year seminar program, a summer writing institute, a student stipend program for summer research, and a program for students to learn less commonly taught languages (Directed Independent Language Study). He initiated the Cooper Fellows program to honor some of the college’s outstanding scholars.

He is also credited with improving the college’s hiring, tenure and promotion, and review processes; enhancing cultural diversity; and leading a strategic planning effort. Along with the deans of UM’s three other schools with science programs—James M. Tien (College of Engineering), Otis Brown (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science), and Pascal J. Goldschmidt (Miller School of Medicine)—Halleran has served as co-investigator of a new initiative (Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success) aimed at recruiting and retaining more women and minority faculty members in the sciences.

Also during his tenure, the college’s annual fundraising increased from about $2 million a year to $7.6 million in 2007-08.

Prior to joining UM in 2005, Halleran was a member of the University of Washington faculty from 1983 to 2005, where he served as chair of the Department of Classics and divisional dean of arts and humanities.

“Michael Halleran brings to his new post the inquisitiveness of a fine scholar with the decisiveness of a seasoned administrator,” Shalala said. “The College of William & Mary has gained an academic leader and a truly wonderful, caring person as its new provost.”

A search for Halleran’s replacement will begin soon.

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