Ray Metz. (Photo courtesy UM-Dearborn)
Ray Metz. (Photo courtesy UM-Dearborn)
Ray Metz. (Photo courtesy UM-Dearborn)

By Courtney Morrison Staff Reporter

After a year-long search, the University of Michigan-Dearborn has chosen a new Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Life.

Ray Metz, who was serving as the interim vice chancellor of enrollment management and student life, was appointed to the position. His appointment begins March 1 and was approved by the Board of Regents Thursday.

Metz’s appointment comes after Stanley Henderson retired last January.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve the university in this new role. There are a number of ideas I look forward to exploring with students and student leadership,” said Metz on his appointment.

UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little sent an email addressed to colleagues on why Metz was appointed after the extensive search.

Little, as well as the provost, deans, other vice chancellors and members of the Ann Arbor campus, found Metz to be the best candidate for the position.

“Over the past year, the campus actively and rigorously executed two comprehensive EMSL vice chancellor searches. The two searches ended with unsuccessful outcomes. I remain convinced that the university needs to have forward-looking leadership in this position,” Little said.

Several interviews and open student and staff forums for the new vice chancellor were held starting back in April 2015.

Metz has served as chief of staff to the chancellor since 2002.

“I will not be filling the chief of staff position vacated by Ray,” Little said.

Since Metz has been interim vice chancellor, several improvements around campus have been made.

“The university stands at record enrollment, the Fall FTIAC (first time in any college) class was the largest since 1979. The division secured a $38,000 dollar grant for a campaign around sexual assault awareness and prevention,” Little said.

“Some goals for Metz are continued effective management of the division, nurturing the inclusive campus environment for students and creation of a structure for student life that provides additional leadership, vision and support for the departments.”