The President’s Advisory Committee on University History advises the President of the University on matters relating to the history and traditions of the University that require historical interpretation, sensitivity, and expertise. The Office of the President determines which matters come to the committee as issues arise requiring advice of this nature. As a general approach, the committee will provide to the President a report that discusses the historical dimensions of the issue in question, the impact of various approaches to the issue on the University’s appreciation and maintenance of its history and traditions, and recommendations of actions for consideration.

The committee consists of six to ten members appointed by the President. Membership includes faculty who are experts in historical interpretation, as well as others who have special knowledge of the history and traditions of the University. The President appoints the chair of the committee. The committee meets on a regular basis as required when issues arise.

Committee Members

Elizabeth Anderson, Ph.D., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies

Francis Blouin, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Information, School of Information

Kristin Hass, Ph.D., Associate Professor of American Culture and Professor in the Honors Program, Faculty Coordinator, Humanities Collaboratory, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Joel Howell, M.D., Ph.D., Elizabeth Farrand Collegiate Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, Professor of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

Gary Krenz, Ph.D., Director of Post-Bicentennial Planning at the Bentley Historical Library

Earl Lewis, Ph.D., Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies and Public Policy, Director, Center for Social Solutions

Terrence McDonald, Ph.D., (Chair) Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of History, College of Literature, Science and the Arts and Director, Bentley Historical Library

Rebecca Zurier, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History of Art, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Committee Support:

Liz Barry, Special Counsel to the President

Jamie Brandon, Assistant to the Special Counsel, Office of the President