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Alice Lloyd Named Dean of Women

Alumna is Appointed by Regents; Discarding of Advisory System Will Not Affect Student Body


New Dean to Take Office on July 1, 1930

By the action of the Regents of
 the University of Michigan, 
 taken at their meeting on 
March 7, Miss Alice C. Lloyd, '16, 
 became Dean of Women, bringing
 to amend the advisory committee system put into effect
 by Clarence Cook Little in 1926. Miss Lloyd, who is at present one of the three Advisers to Women, will take
 office as Dean on July 1, 1930. 


The women of the University will have for Dean
 someone who has lived in Ann Arbor for the greater 
part of her life, who has herself been on the campus, 
 both as an undergraduate and a graduate student, and
 who knows Michigan and the particular problems which
 confront Michigan women as no
 outsider could possibly know them. 


Miss Lloyd was born in Ann Arbor, the eldest daughter of the late
 Alfred H. Lloyd, former Dean of 
the Graduate School, and Margaret
 Crocker Lloyd. She received her 
early education in the Ann Arbor 
public schools, and after two years 
at the high school continued her education at Milton Academy, Milton, 
 Massachusetts, for some time. She
 returned to Ann Arbor in 1912, and 
entered the University of Michigan, from which institution she was graduated in 1916. She remained in Ann
 Arbor after receiving her degree, and conducted a little school here. 
She then removed to New York
 City, where she enrolled in the
 Nurses Training Section of St.
 Luke's Hospital. She is a registered
 nurse in New York State. From
1922 until 1924 Miss Lloyd served
 
in the Wayne County probation officer's juvenile court, and from
 February, 1926, until June, 1926, 
was probation officer in the neglect 
department. 


In 1926, with the resignation of Miss Jean Hamilton, 
then Dean of Women, Dr. Little reorganized the office
 of the Dean of Women, and created a committee of 
three, composed of Miss Lloyd, Miss Grace Richards, 
 and Miss Beatrice Johnson, who took over the duties 
which were formerly in the hands of a single individual. 
 Miss Lloyd was chairman of the Advisory Committee
 during the first year of its existence. 


The committee appointed by Dr. Little continued to function after his resignation, the
 only changes being the absence of 
Miss Johnson who was on leave during the year 1929-1930, and
 whose resignation occurred a few
weeks ago, the addition of Mrs.
 Beryl Fox Bacher, formerly Dean
of Women of the School of Music, and the temporary appointment of
 Dean Emeritus Myra B. Jordan to
the Board. 


The office of adviser to women, prior to its reorganization by Dr. Little in 1926, had always been occupied by a single head. Dr. Eliza Mosher, 75m, the first Dean of
 Women, held that position from
 1896 until 1903. Then Mrs. Myra 
B. Jordan served in a similar capacity for nearly twenty years. Following her retirement in 1922 Miss 
Jean Hamilton succeeded to the position, brought to the University by
 Dr. Marion L. Burton.

In the fall of 1929 the Regents passed a resolution 
that Dean Emeritus Myra B. Jordan be asked "to take such part in the directing of the affairs of the Office of Advisers to Women for one year as her time and
 strength will permit." At the time of her appointment, 
Mrs. Jordan stated that the advisory committee had
 the confidence of the women on the campus, and had 
handled many delicate situations with great wisdom
 and understanding, but that nevertheless, unavoidable 
difficulties were bound to arise when a headless committee was called upon to make decisions; and that in
 a number of cases the duties of the three members of 
the advisory board overlap, and time and energy were 
lost. Mrs. Jordan felt keenly the need for a single Dean 
of Women, a feeling, which was shared by others in 
authority.

In speaking of her promotion to the position of Dean 
of Women, Miss Lloyd declined to make any statement about her future plans for the reorganization of 
the office until after she had discussed them with President Ruthven. According to the Regents' resolution, the details of this reorganization will be worked out 
by the Regents and a committee composed of Miss 
Lloyd, Regent Esther Cram, '98, and President Ruthven. 


The system of the advisory committee has worked 
so satisfactorily on the campus, and the majority of
 undergraduate women have been so well pleased with
 the type of supervision which they have received, that
 some apprehensions were voiced when the rumor spread 
that President Ruthven and the Regents were considering returning to the former system of a single head. Miss Lloyd is particularly anxious for the women of 
the University of Michigan to understand that the
 change will in no way affect their dealings with the office, that it will, in fact, affect only the internal workings of the office itself. The girls on the campus will be 
allowed the same freedom and the same self-government which they have enjoyed under the present system
of administration.

The Michigan Alumnus, March 15, 1930, Page 407


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