January 18, 2011

Wayne State University names Allan Gilmour 11th President

DETROIT - The Board of Governors has ended its search for a permanent President, and has unanimously elected Allan Gilmour to serve as the 11th President of Wayne State University, effective immediately.

Gilmour began his tenure as Interim President on Aug. 30, 2010, and will continue as President through the 2012-2013 academic year.

President Gilmour, a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan, is best known for his career at Ford Motor Company, from which he retired in 1995 as vice chairman. He rejoined the company as vice chairman in 2002, and retired again in 2005, having overseen Finance, the General Auditor's office, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Strategy. He also led Ford's financial services sector-Ford Motor Credit and Hertz Corporation.

Gilmour currently serves on the boards of directors of DTE Energy Company, Business Leaders for Michigan, and Downtown Detroit Partnership. Previously he was a member of the boards of Ford Motor Co., US West, MediaOne Group, Prudential Financial, Dow Chemical, Whirlpool and Universal Technical Institute. He is also chairman of Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and a trustee of Citizens Research Council.

"I've said before that higher education is a great calling," said Gilmour. "These five months at Wayne State have been energizing and challenging. I am delighted to continue in the role of President, and honored by the confidence the board has expressed in me."

"He is an active leader," said Governor Tina Abbott, Vice Chair of the Board. "He is a problem solver and is making a difference."

Governor Paul Massaron, who chaired the Presidential Search Committee, agreed, adding, "Wayne State needs a President of Allan's stature; he knows how to lead." Acknowledging the search for a permanent President was still in the early stages, Massaron added, "The committee had done a lot of prep work, but we had not yet begun to interview candidates. At some point we realized we've already found the right person to be President-and he's right here."

Since taking the helm in August, Gilmour has moved quickly to focus on students. "We are an academic institution, and our most important task is to help our students be successful, both in and out of the classroom. Obviously, our excellent teaching and research faculty are integral to this mission; they typify excellence. And our support staff play key roles-too frequently unrecognized-in students' success. Working together, all our people will combine to provide Wayne State students a great education."

A comprehensive digital press kit is available at https://docs.wayne.edu/4d35eb740ec63.pdf.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.


Michael Wright
Phone: 313-577-2150
Email: m.wright@wayne.edu
Francine Wunder
Phone: 313-577-8155
Email: francine@techtownwsu.org

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