Administration of the University

The general governance of Wayne State University is constitutionally vested in the Board of Governors, consisting of eight popularly elected members and the President of the University, who is named by the elected members. The President is the chief executive officer of the University and is charged by the Board of Governors with responsibility for its administration. For educational and administrative purposes, the University is organized into major academic units — schools, colleges, divisions, centers and institutes. The following schools, colleges and divisions constitute the heart of the University:

Mike Ilitch School of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Irvin D. Reid Honors College
Graduate School
Law School
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Medicine
College of Nursing
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
School of Social Work

The Dean of the College or School is its chief executive officer. More than half the Colleges and Schools are organized into departments or divisions, each administered by a chairperson (or head). Academic standards, curricular development, course revision and similar academic matters are the primary responsibility of the faculty and dean of the College or School, although these matters are subject to review and approval by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and by the President and, whenever they involve major educational policy decisions, by the Academic Senate.

The Graduate School is the central unit for the supervision and encouragement of graduate work in the University and has basic responsibility for the improvement and review of existing programs and the approval of new graduate programs. Except for applicants and candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the detailed supervision of graduate students’ work is conducted by the College and School and, where appropriate, by the departments.

All degrees are granted by the University through the Colleges and Schools, except that the Dean of the Graduate School, with the approval of the Graduate Council, recommends candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, selected master's degrees and interdisciplinary graduate certificate programs.

Board of Governors


M. ROY WILSON, ex officio

President and Cabinet

M. ROY WILSON, M.D., President of the University
KEITH WHITFIELD, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
SUSAN BURNS, B.Mus., Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs and President of the Wayne State University Foundation
MARQUITA T. CHAMBLEE, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
REBECCA COOKE, Interim Vice President, Finance and Business Operations and Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
AHMAD EZZEDDINE, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach and International Programs and Senior Associate to the President for Special Initiatives
STEPHEN M. LANIER, Ph.D., Vice President for Research
LOUIS LESSEM, J.D., Vice President and General Counsel
PATRICK O. LINDSEY, M.A., Vice President for Government and Community Affairs
JULIE MILLER, M.A., Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Governors
EDWARD (NED) STAEBLER, M.S., Vice President for Economic Development.
MICHAEL WRIGHT, M.B.A., Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Chief of Staff

Academic Administrators

BORIS BALTES, Ph.D., Associate Provost  Faculty Affairs and Associate Vice President of Academic Personnel
RICHARD BIERSCHBACH, J.D., Dean of the Law School
MONICA BROCKMEYER, Ph.D., Senior Associate Provost for Student Success
AMANDA BRYANT-FRIEDRICH, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School
JON CAWTHORNE, Ph.D., Dean of the University Libraries and the School of Information Sciences
JOHN CORVINO, Ph.D., Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College
STEPHANIE HARTWELL, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
SHERYL KUBIAK, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Social Work
LAURIE LAUZON CLABO, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Nursing
R. DARIN ELLIS, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
ROBERT FORSYTHE, Ph.D., Dean of the Mike Ilitch School of Business
FARSHAD FOTOUHI, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Engineering
DAREN HUBBARD, M.B.A., Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Computing and Information Technology
SARA KACIN, Ph.D., Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success and Director of Office for Teaching and Learning
CELESTE LEZUCH, M.S.A., Assistant Vice President for Academic Administration
CATHERINE LYSACK, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
TONYA MATTHEWS, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Inclusive Workforce Development and Director of STEM Learning Innovation
DAWN MEDLEY, Ed.S., Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
TIMOTHY MICHAEL, M.Ed., Associate Vice President for Student Auxiliary Services
MARK SCHWEITZER, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President of Health Affairs
MATTHEW SEEGER, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
DAVID STRAUSS, Ph.D., Dean of Students
ANITA G. WELCH, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Education