U of Michigan dental school dean appointed to provost

Dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Laurie McCauley, DDS, PhD, has been appointed university provost and vice president of academic affairs, The Michigan Daily reported March 28.

Dr. McCauley was recommended for her new role by interim President Mary Sue Coleman and approved March 24. She will succeed current provost Susan Collins and remain in the position until June 2023 or until a permanent provost is appointed.

Dr. McCauley has served as the school of dentistry's dean since 2013. Beginning as an assistant professor in 1992, she was its first faculty member. She is the school of dentistry's first female dean and one of the longest-serving deans at the university, according to The Michigan Daily.

"Because Laurie McCauley's appointment as provost was just approved (on March 24) and does not begin until May 15, there has not yet been a decision on who will succeed her as, most likely, interim dean of the dental school," university spokesman Rick Fitzgerald wrote in an email to The Michigan Daily.

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