Chancellor, University of Michigan - Dearborn



The University of Michigan invites nominations and applications for the position of Chancellor of the Dearborn campus. The Chancellor exercises broad responsibilities for all aspects of the academic, student, financial, and administrative dimensions of the institution. The University of Michigan-Dearborn seeks an energetic, dynamic, and visionary individual to lead and to engage its faculty, staff, students, and community in an exciting era for the institution and its community.

The University of Michigan was originally founded in Detroit in 1817, moving to Ann Arbor in 1837. Two additional regional campuses were subsequently created, the University of Michigan-Flint in 1956 and the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1959. All three campuses are governed by the University of Michigan Board of Regents and are overseen by the University President. Chancellors of the regional campuses serve as executive officers of the University and report directly to the President. The three U-M campuses work together in a synergistic, mutually beneficial fashion.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn was founded through a gift of land—200 beautiful acres of the original estate of Henry Ford bordering the Rouge River—and a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. Though only ten miles from downtown Detroit, the campus neighborhood includes some 70 acres of nature preservation. The city of Dearborn is a regional center for employment, healthcare services, higher education, shopping and transportation along with outstanding cultural, environmental and visitor attractions. Noted for its cultural and ethnic diversity, Dearborn has benefitted from the resurgence of Southeast Michigan, which has drawn from historical industrial expertise and a concerted alignment of business, government, and philanthropy, to create new opportunities in transportation, defense, healthcare, information technology, and global logistics.

As part of the University of Michigan, the Dearborn campus enjoys the resources of a large research university while maintaining the advantages of a moderate sized institution. It has approximately 9,100 students (approximately 7,000 undergraduates) and offers 600 beds of student housing available through a private-public partnership.

With a 2017-2018 operating budget of $149 million, University of Michigan-Dearborn is comprised of four major academic units:

  • College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters;
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science;
  • College of Business; and
  • College of Education, Health and Human Services.

Approximately 260 tenure-track faculty, 285 lecturers, and 490 staff members support the work of the university. UM-Dearborn faculty consistently win honors, awards, and financial support for teaching and research excellence.


The Chancellor serves as the chief executive officer of the campus, providing vision and leadership to focus the intellectual vitality of the University and to maintain and foster a positive environment for its educational, research, cultural and service goals. Engagement with local communities, most especially in the greater Detroit area, is central to the metropolitan mission of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The University of Michigan has retained Park Square Executive Search to assist in the search for the next Chancellor of U-M Dearborn. Nominations, inquiries, and applications may be sent in confidence to:

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.