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Deans' Council

Purpose & Charge

The Deans’ Council serves to facilitate division-wide collaboration in support of the mission and strategic goals of the University. The Deans’ Council reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and is charged with providing recommendations to the VPAA on matters related to the development and implementation of academic policies, procedures and initiatives, as well as overall direction and oversight of the division. Additional charges include, but are not limited to:

  1. Sharing information from
    a.  President’s Council
    b.  External sources
    c.  Internal constituencies
  2. Gaining perspective in
    a.  Higher education in general
    b.  Ferris specifically
    c.  Cross-cutting issues
    d.  Current agendas, issues and initiatives
  3. Creating a forum for planning and accountability in support of
    a.  Undergraduate, graduate, and professional education
    b.  Mission advancement
    c.  Financial stewardship
    d.  Strategic targets


The membership of the Deans’ Council includes the following voting members:  
  • Jason Bentley, Dean, Retention and Student Success and Interim Dean, FLITE Library
  • David Damari, Dean, Michigan College of Optometry
  • Stephen Durst, Dean, College of Pharmacy
  • Bobby Fleischman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Lincoln Gibbs, Dean, College of Health Professions
  • Stephen Halko, Interim Dean, Academic Affairs, Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Robin Hoisington, Executive Assistant to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Leonard Johnson, Associate Provost of Academic Operations
  • Jimmie Joseph, Interim Dean, College of Business
  • Steven Reifert, Dean, Extended and International Operations
  • Mandy Seiferlein, Associate Provost of Assessment and Accreditation
  • Michael Staley, Dean, College of Engineering Technology
  • Kim Wilber, Director, Academic Budget Management
  • Trinidy Williams, Interim Dean, College of Arts, Sciences and Education 


The Office of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for preparation and distribution of the agendas, minutes, and supporting materials.  However, it is the responsibility of all members to assure the success of the council through active participation, contributions to agenda development, and sponsorship of items of shared interest. 

Members are expected to attend Deans’ Council meetings whenever possible.  When a member is unable to participate, that individual should be represented by an administrative replacement, such as an associate dean, assistant dean, or department head.

Appropriate sharing of information to promote transparency and communication is expected of all members; protection of confidential information must be followed in accordance with University policy.

  •  Academic Year 2020-2021
  •  Academic Year 2019-2020
  •  Academic Year 2018-2019
    November 30, 2018
    November 16, 2018
    November 9, 2018
    November 2, 2018
    October 24, 2018
    October 18, 2018
    October 3, 2018
    September 26, 2018
    August 27, 2018
    August 22, 2018
    July 31, 2018
    July 25, 2018
  •  Academic Year 2017-2018
    June 6, 2018
    May 14, 2018
    April 25, 2108
    March 27, 2018
    March 22, 2018
    March 16, 2108
    March 12, 2018
    March 9, 2018
    March 8, 2018
    February 28, 2018
    February 5, 2018
    January 9, 2018
    January 4, 2018
    November 13, 2017
    October 25, 2017
    October 10, 2017
    October 2, 2017
    September 27, 2017
    July 18, 2017
  •  Academic Year 2016-2017
    June 20, 2017
    March 8, 2017
    February 28, 2017
    January 26, 2017
    November 30, 2016
    November 10, 2016
    September 20, 2016
    July 24, 2016
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