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Vroom appointed deputy president

October 4, 2012

President Allan Gilmour announced at the Oct. 3 Board of Governors meeting the appointment of Phyllis Vroom as deputy president of Wayne State University.

Although tests confirm that Gilmour is cancer free, he continues to receive medical treatment with significant side effects, including fatigue. 
“I considered a number of options to ensure the university had the benefit of a fully engaged and energetic president,” wrote Gilmour in an email to the campus community. “After discussing this with the board, and with their full support and encouragement, I have decided to continue as president. However, I will add a new position to my administrative team, through the appointment of a deputy president.”
Vroom will begin her appointment Oct. 15 and will report to the president. Gilmour will delegate several of his responsibilities to Vroom. 
Vroom, who retired from Wayne State a year ago, served the institution for 42 years in various leadership roles. In the School of Social Work, she was a professor and was appointed dean in 2002. Vroom also served as acting provost and as acting president of the university during part of 2010.
“We are very grateful to Phyllis for agreeing to rejoin Wayne State after a brief taste of retirement. Her calm leadership and deep understanding of the university will help keep us moving ahead,” wrote Gilmour.


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