U. of Michigan Officials Vow Greater Faculty Role in Shared-Services Plan

AU. of Michigan Officials Vow Greater Faculty Role in Shared-Services Plan 1

Courtesy of Fawwaz Ulaby

Fawwaz T. Ulaby, a professor and former vice president for research at the U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor: "The plan is to save a few million dollars. The consequence, though, is going to be a loss of research funding on the order of many tens of millions of dollars."

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Courtesy of Fawwaz Ulaby

Fawwaz T. Ulaby, a professor and former vice president for research at the U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor: "The plan is to save a few million dollars. The consequence, though, is going to be a loss of research funding on the order of many tens of millions of dollars."

Getting faculty members to agree on anything can be a challenge, but at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor more than 1,100 of them have signed an open letter to the president and provost opposing a plan to move hundreds of staff jobs out of academic departments and into a leased office building three miles from the campus.

"I've been at this university for over 40 years," said John Vandermeer, chair of the department of ecology