U-M disappointed with House panel's action on higher ed funding
A Michigan House subcommittee approved a higher education funding proposal Tuesday that puts at risk more than $47 million of the state appropriations for all three U-M campuses. In a 4-3 vote along party lines, Republicans on the House panel approved a measure that takes 15 percent of overall funding away from universities that sign new labor contracts before a so-called "right to work" law takes effect March 28, unless the contracts achieve at least 10 percent in savings. Most of that potential loss – $41 million – would come at the Ann Arbor campus.
Matthew Davis named state's new chief medical executive
Dr. Matthew M. Davis, associate professor of pediatrics, internal medicine and public policy, has been appointed the state's chief medical executive. In that capacity, Davis will provide medical leadership, expertise and coordination in addressing public health issues, workforce issues, and health policy development for the Michigan Department of Community Health. He will continue on the faculty at U-M.
Former Ford School dean Blank appointed chancellor of Wisconsin-Madison
Rebecca Blank, former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce, has been appointed chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Madison, effective July 1. Blank served as dean of the Ford School from 1998 to 2008, overseeing a significant period of institutional growth.
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The long note
The Michigan traditions of a high-stepping marching band, pep bands, colorful halftime shows, Band-O-Rama and symphony tours all have their roots in William D. Revelli. He transformed the Michigan Marching Band, and his unyielding drive for perfection changed conducting, performing and music education across the country. At the core of it all was his credo: “We do not teach music. Rather, we teach people through music.” (For the next few months, Michigan Difference will regularly highlight stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.)