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New Graduate School Dean

​Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that David Engelke, PhD, professor and interim chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan Medical School, has accepted our offer to become the next dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Engelke was selected from a highly qualified pool of applicants in a rigorous national search process. He will assume his duties as dean on October 1, 2015.

Dr. Engelke has been involved in graduate training and administration at many levels at the University of Michigan since 1983 and brings a wealth of relevant experience. Many of you reviewed his credentials and met with him during the interview process in the spring and so you are aware of the tremendous strengths he brings to help move the Graduate School forward. There was strong support for his candidacy from a number of groups on both campuses. Their input recognized Dr. Engelke’s strengths including his stature as a scientist, his enthusiasm for graduate education and his leadership abilities. We hope that Dr. Engelke’s passion for graduate education and scholarship and his concrete ideas about an upward trajectory for the Graduate School will be the catalyst necessary to bring it to the top tier among graduate schools nationally.

We would like to thank all those on the search committee who worked so assiduously during the search process. Special thanks go to Ralph J. Altiere, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences dean, and Marc Ingber, College of Engineering and Applied Science dean, the co-chairs who led the process, and to Vicky Starbuck, who assisted the search committee.

Finally, we express our deep gratitude to Terry Potter for his outstanding efforts on behalf of the Graduate School this past year.


Roderick Nairn, PhD
Acting Chancellor
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
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