Michel to set priorities for student life as new Associate Dean in the CollegeBy Josh Schonwald
This week, Bill Michel, an administrator of student life at the University and the College during the past 10 years, began a new appointment as Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Associate Dean of the College.
The appointment of Michel (A.B.,92), who most recently served as Deputy Dean of Students for Student Activities and Development, is the first step in a reorganization of the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students in the University.
In the newly established position, Michel will oversee the Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities, the University Community Service Center, and Career and Placement Services.
Michel will play a senior role in setting priorities for student life, said Steve Klass, Vice President and Dean of Students in the University, in an e-mail sent to students, faculty and staff.
He will focus on creating a stronger student community, guiding students in thinking about and engaging in a broad range of campus issues, and functioning as a liaison to the central administration, Klass said.
In his second appointment as Associate Dean of the College, Michel will co-lead the College Programming Office and will work closely with Development and Alumni Relations to strengthen relationships between students and the University alumni community. Michel also will function as liaison between the College and the arts community and will help to support Chicago students in their artistic endeavors.
Im really excited about this new opportunity, said Michel of his expanded responsibilities. One of the main reasons Im at the University is because I enjoy working with students and helping them explore the variety of options outside the classroom to complement their education.
Much of Michels work over the past 10 years has been focused on supporting students in developing a broad range of co-curricular activities.
After graduating in 1992, Michel served as Director of University Theater, followed by his appointment to Director of the Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities in 1996.
Michel was appointed Deputy Dean of Students for Student Activities and Development and Assistant Dean of the College in 1999. In this role, he oversaw the creation of the College Programming Office and helped expand class-specific programs, including the creation of the Taking the Next Step program for third-year students.