September 12, 2002

These are new or recently appointed members of a team that will enhance student services at the University of Michigan:

Dean of Students.

Ed Willis has 24 years of diverse, inclusive and progressively responsible student affairs experience. He has worked at the largest Catholic university in the country, two historically black colleges and universities, two flagship state university campuses, as well as regional state universities. Willis received a bachelor's degree from Montclair State University, a master's degree in education from Rutgers University and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toledo.

His university experiences have included positions at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Rutgers, St. John's University, North Carolina A & T State University and University of Toledo. His administrative portfolio has included the following areas of responsibility in student affairs: multicultural student affairs, Greek life, student judicial affairs, orientation, accessibility services, women's center, veteran's affairs, student unions, student activities, leadership programs, career services and student development/tutorial services.

Associate Dean of Students

Pinder-Amaker received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in psychology from Duke University. After completing a pre-doctoral internship at Yale University School of Medicine, she received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. She also served as a post-doctoral fellow in behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center. She received a Psi Chi Research Award from the Eastern Psychological Association, the Julius R. Seeman Award for Scholarly and Professional Excellence from Vanderbilt and was twice named among Outstanding Women of America. Pinder-Amaker has extensive teaching and clinical experience and has collaborated on numerous publications. Since January 2002, she has been providing support and coordination for critical student incidents at U-M.

University Unions Director

Rullman comes to the position with over 14 years experience in the areas of college unions, student services and facilities management. He comes to U-M from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau where he was assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of Student Auxiliary Services. As such, he supervised the departments of the University Center (college union), food services, recreational sports and residence life. Rullman's previous positions include director of University Center at Southeast Missouri State University, and director, Gengras Student Union, University of Hartford. He received his M.S. Ed. in higher education/student affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington, and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in higher education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


Holmes has a long history of contributions to U-M, including positions as director of human resource and development, executive adviser for M-Quality, and assistant vice president for academic affairs. Holmes' experience outside U-M includes work as a consultant to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., appointment as professor of economics at Chicago State University, and assistant dean of students at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is an active participant in the Ann Arbor community, lending his support to Ozone House and CASA (a volunteer group serving young people in the foster care system).

Director of SAPAC

Cichy comes to SAPAC from The Women’s Center, Inc., in Carbondale, IL, where she worked for more than 12 years as a volunteer board member, rape crisis volunteer, sexual assault program coordinator and executive director. The Women’s Center provides comprehensive sexual assault and domestic violence services to a diverse, multicounty, rural community in southern Illinois, including Southern Illinois University. Cichy received her doctorate in physical anthropology and Master of Arts in cultural anthropology from Southern Illinois University. In addition to her work at The Women’s Center, Cichy has worked in youth development programs, and sponsored projects administration at Southern Illinois University, Bentley College and University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Sevig received a Bachelor of Science with distinction from Iowa State University. After completing a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Florida Counseling Center, he received his doctorate in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. He came to CAPS in 1990. He has led the peer counseling program, been active in clinical and outreach work, in crisis response and most recently has been senior assistant director for clinical services. He also has worked with U-M's program on Intergroup Relations, Conflict and Community and has taught classes in that program and in the department of psychology.

Co-director of Intergroup Relations Conflict and Community (IGRCC)

Thompson has worked with IGRCC since 1993 as a facilitator, research assistant, trainer and associate director. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Tennessee State University and a Master of Arts in education from Western Kentucky University. Prior to her arrival at U-M, she worked for General Motors Corp. in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Thompson is pursuing a doctorate in higher education.