Professor of Personnel Management
Director of the Bureau of University Research
Dean of the Graduate School
VP & Director of Educational Investigation Activities
Regents Name Vice-Presidents, Shirley Smith and Clarence Yoakum
New Offices are Created to Aid President Ruthven's Administration
Plans for the adoption of a
new system of administration
of University affairs, in which
certain administrative duties will be divided between two newly-appointed vice-presidents, were announced on March 13 by
President Alexander G. Ruthven. The positions of vice
president will be held by Shirley W. Smith, '97, A.M.
'00, Secretary and Business Manager of the University,
and Professor Clarence S. Yoakum, formerly Director
of the Bureau of University Research.
In accordance with the statement issued in "The
Ruthven Platform" at the time of the President's election last fall, the new organization is formed "to relieve the President of several duties last year delegated to the Dean of Administration, and
permit him to give more time to
Mr. Smith's official title is now
Vice President and Secretary of the
University, while Professor Yoakum is Vice President and Director of Educational Investigation Activities.
Mr. Smith has been Secretary of
the University for twenty-two years, having assumed that office in
1908, following a term as General
Secretary of the Alumni Association. During this time he has served under four different presidents,
Dr. Harry B. Hutchins, Dr. Marion L. Burton, Dr. Clarence Cook Little, and President Ruthven, and has seen the University develop enormously, the property value increase
many times its original value, and
the enrollment practically doubled.
He is a native of Michigan. He
was born in Nashville in 1875, the
son of the late Judge and Mrs.
Clement Smith. Judge Smith was a member of the Law Class of 1867.
Shirley Smith enrolled in the University from Hastings, Michigan, receiving his degree in 1897. In 1898 he
was added to the teaching staff of the Engineering College, as an instructor in English. He also continued his
studies at the same time, and received a Master's Degree in 1900. A year later he became Secretary of the
Alumni Association, a position which he retained until
1904. At this time he severed connections with the University, and was for four years in the President's office of the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company in
Philadelphia. In 1908 he returned to become Secretary of the University
of Michigan. In comparatively recent years the title of Business Manager was bestowed upon him.
Professor Yoakum, until his
resignation last summer to accept the position of Dean of the
College of Liberal Arts at Northwestern University, was a member of the University of Michigan
faculty, with the title of Professor
of Personnel Administration and
Director of the Bureau of University Research. He was born in
Leavenworth County, Kansas, and
received his A.B. degree from Campbell College, in that state.
Some years later, after teaching at
the college from which he graduated, at Hiawatha Academy, and at
the University of Chicago, he obtained the degree of Ph.D. from Chicago. He was head
of the Department of Philosophy and Psychology at
the University of Texas
from 1908 until 1919. From
1919 until 1924 he was at
the Carnegie Institute of
Technology, and in 1924 accepted a position at the University as professor. Three
years later he was made Director of the Bureau of
University Research. Although the change in administration becomes effective at once; Professor Yoakum will not be able
to assume his duties until
July, owing to his connection with Northwestern.
Other changes incidental
to the main reorganization
of the administrative system
of the University provide
for the preparation of the
budgets and handling of
problems of faculty personnel directly by the president.
The faculty committee to the Director of Alumni Relations has been made an administrative committee,
composed of President Ruthven, William W. Bishop,
Librarian, Dean John Robert Effinger, Professor Lewis
M. Gram, of the Department of Civil Engineering, and
Dean G. Carl Huber, of the
Graduate School. The recently organized University
Press has been given a committee with administrative
powers. The University
Press does not provide a
printing establishment; but
merely indicates a supervisory element over all University publications. It is
headed by Dr. Frank E.
Robbins, Assistant to the
The reorganization of the
administration of the University into a corporation
plan is the third important
change, which has been effected by President Ruthven within the past month. The first of these was the
initiation of changes in the
administration of the Medical School. The second was
the appointment of Miss
Alice C. Lloyd, '16, as Dean
of Women, in place of the committee of three advisers, created by Dr. Clarence C. Little in 1926.
The office of Dean of Administration, which the
new system is putting out of existence, was established
in 1927 by Dr. Little, and was held by President Ruthven from July. 1928, until he took office as President.
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