Daniel E. Little during the fall 2014 College of Arts, Sciences and Letters graduation ceremony. (Courtesy UM-Dearborn)

By RICKY LINDSAY, Sports Editor

With 15 years of experience, Daniel E. Little is already the longest-serving chancellor in University of Michigan-Dearborn history.

That number is only set to grow.

Little was reappointed for a three-year term, the university announced Feb. 19.

His fourth term was approved by the University of Michigan Board of Regents and will run from July 1-June 30, 2018.

“I am gratified by the vote of confidence this represents, from the Board of Regents and President (Mark) Schlissel,” Little said in a release by the university. “UM-Dearborn strives for excellence in teaching, learning, research and scholarship. We seek to be accessible and affordable, and to impact the community beyond us. It has been my honor to lead this endeavor, and I am quite pleased to look forward to the opportunities of the next three years.”

Little will continue to serve as chief executive officer for UM-Dearborn and executive officer of the university, according to the release. He is a professor of philosophy for UM-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences and Letters and a professor of sociology at the Ann Arbor campus.

“Chancellor Little is a valued member of the university’s leadership team,” said President Mark Schlissel in a release. “He has built strong ties to the local community, especially among businesses, and he has established a terrific rapport with UM-Dearborn’s students.”

UM-Dearborn has experienced growing enrollment rates and the addition of The Union at Dearborn under Little.

In 2014, the university boasted an enrollment of more than 9,100 students, the highest it’s ever been. It also marked the third-consecutive year with an enrollment of at least 9,000 students.

Before coming to UM-Dearborn, Little served as vice president for academic affairs and professor of philosophy at Bucknell University. He also was associate dean of the faculty at Colgate University.

Little has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has a doctorate in philosophy from Harvard University.