Outgoing Dean John Staudimaier, S.J.
On June 30, I will end three years as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Dr. Charles Marske, who shows every sign of being a wonderful new dean, will begin settling into the dean’s office in Briggs on July 1.
What has me writing this column are some rumors about why I am not continuing as dean—some people heard that I don't like the job; some that I've decided to leave UDM after 23 plus years here, leave permanently; I even heard that I'd gotten fired. None of those rumors are accurate.
Incoming Dean Charles Marske
I am absolutely delighted to be joining the University of Detroit Mercy as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. One of the most compelling reasons I accepted the position was because I believe that both the University and the College are exemplars of a value-based education that emphasize service for others. As such, I believe they both deserve the very best of our efforts and talents. My wife and I have believed in this University and what it stands for long before I ever envisioned working here, for our youngest son has attended and our daughter is attending UDM. That we entrusted our children to this institution and deeply appreciate that both of them have been well served by the University is testament to our longstanding feelings about the University of Detroit Mercy.