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Media outlets announce Wayne State names deputy president to help Allan Gilmour

October 4, 2012

On Wednesday, Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour announced he is appointing former WSU School of Social Work dean Phyllis Vroom as deputy president to help him run the university. Vroom served as acting provost and acting president during part of 2010, before Gilmour took over as interim president and then got the job permanently. She will start Oct. 15. Vroom retired from WSU on Sept. 30, 2011. Vroom "was particularly helpful to me in my transition to president," Gilmour said. "Her calm leadership and deep understanding of the university will help us keep moving ahead." Gilmour said he consulted with the board about stepping down, but has decided to continue in his job. Board chairwoman Tina Abbott said the board was supportive of the move. "It takes a lot of courage to say, 'I'm tired,' " Abbott said. "We are very, very pleased to see Phyllis step up and help out." Board of Governors member Debbie Dingell said Vroom has the trust of the faculty, the administration, the board and "especially President Gilmour." Vroom's exact duties have yet to be defined. She said she's excited to be back and help out because she "loves this university."|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p