Klein again to serve as interim chancellor of Dearborn campus

July 7, 1999

DEARBORN—Bernard W. Klein, professor emeritus of political science and public administration, will be recommended as the interim chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus. His appointment will be presented to the U-M Regents for their approval later this month.
Klein, who has served in similar roles at U-M-Dearborn twice in the past, will
assume his new responsibilities on July 16 and serve until a permanent
chancellor assumes office. The vacancy resulted when James C. Renick,
who had been chancellor at U-M-Dearborn since 1993, was appointed chancellor
of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University earlier
this year. Klein was acting chancellor in 1979-80 and interim chancellor
in 1992-93. “On both occasions he provided stable and effective leadership,
enabling the campus to maintain its momentum,” according to U-M President
Lee C. Bollinger. “Such experience and characteristics are critical
at this point in time, when the Dearborn campus is again undertaking
significant development.”
Before joining the Dearborn faculty in 1971 as professor of political science, Klein held several leadership positions in Detroit and Michigan government. He was controller of the City of Detroit during the Cavanagh administration, after serving as assistant director of the state’s worker’s compensation program.
He also was vice president for administration at Wayne County Community College, and vice president and interim provost at Wayne State University.
At UM-Dearborn, Klein was a popular teacher of courses in public administration and in the politics of state and local government. He received the campus’s distinguished teaching award in 1990, and received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities in 1991.

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