Physics Prof. Donald J. Bord named interim provost at UM-Dearborn
May 29, 2008
DEARBORN / May 29, 2008---Donald J. Bord, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, will serve a one-year term as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs of the campus beginning July 1, pending approval by the U-M Regents.
Susan W. Martin, current provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn, will become president of Eastern Michigan University at the end of June.
“Don Bord is a truly distinguished scholar who has also served the campus in a number of senior administrative roles over the years,” UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little said in announcing the appointment.
“Before making this appointment, I talked with more than two dozen faculty members, and it is clear that Bord has earned profound respect and support among his colleagues for his research, teaching and service to the campus,” Little said. “He will provide strong leadership in this role, and we are grateful that he is willing to take it on.”
The campus will begin a search for its next provost in the next several weeks.
Bord joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1984 as associate professor and was promoted to professor in 1992. He served eight years as chair of the physics discipline, and was chair of the Department of Natural Sciences from 1990-93. He has twice served as associate dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and was interim dean of CASL in 1999.
Bord also has been involved in faculty governance issues and was elected to serve on the U-M Senate Assembly and the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs. In 2003, Bord received U-M’s Jackie Lawson Award in recognition of his service to faculty governance at a University-wide level.
His research focuses on the abundance of heavy and rare-earth elements in chemically peculiar stars, and Bord has published numerous articles in scholarly journals. He also is the author of an introductory physics textbook now in its sixth edition.
Most recently, Bord has led efforts to install a new observatory on the top of the campus’s Science Learning and Research Center, including a 16-inch telescope and auxiliary instrumentation funded through a $144,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. To take advantage of the new observing facilities, Bord has developed plans to expand the campus’s astronomy curriculum to include a minor program, as well as enhanced public outreach programming in collaboration with Henry Ford Community College.