The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees selected Dilip A. Das, Ph.D. to serve out the term of former board member Pamela J. Horiszny who resigned Sept. 30 2015.

Dr. Das is Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan.

Das was sworn in at the November 2015 Board of Trustees meeting by Board Chair, Dr. Richard J. Landau.

“As board chair I welcome Dr. Das’s willingness to serve as trustee,” said Landau. “I am confident that his years of experience as assistant vice provost at the University of Michigan has provided him with a unique perspective on higher education that will be of considerable value to the board and to the college.”

Das, an Ann Arbor resident, earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Toledo. He has been assistant vice provost at U-M for 10 years, serving on key campus committees and task forces with U-M students, faculty and staff.

“Washtenaw Community College plays an increasingly significant role for thousands of students striving for success and enrichment in their lives,” said Das. “I have a lot of experience within the higher education sector and understand the major issues at stake for both two and four-year colleges. Like any lifelong educator, my goal is to help more people find success and enrichment no matter their starting place. It’s an honor to serve on this board and continue WCC’s excellence, within a highly competitive and funding-challenged environment, into the future.”

“I am delighted Dr. Das has joined our Board of Trustees,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca. “His wealth of experience in higher education and his understanding of the community college landscape will benefit our entire campus community.”

The board vacancy occurred when Horiszny, who served 11 years as a trustee and more recently as board treasurer, announced that she was moving to Colorado and would no longer be able to serve.

By Susan Ferraro, APR
Director of Media Relations