Ulrich Retires, Is Honored at Reception


Professor Beverly Ulrich, dean of the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology from 1999-2009, was recently honored at a retirement reception held at the Michigan League.

Dr. Ulrich presided over a decade of growth and change for the unit, which transitioned from a division to a school during her tenure. In remarks made at the reception, current dean Dr. Ronald Zernicke highlighted this and other accomplishments:

  • Kinesiology research funding increased 250%;
  • Kinesiology’s endowment grew from $270,000 to $6.5 million;
  • The number of research labs grew from eight to eighteen;
  • The number of graduate students grew from a handful in 1999 to the current 28 Masters and 32 full-time PhD students;
  • The doctoral program is currently ranked fifth in the country by the National Academy of Kinesiology.

After earning her PhD in motor development from Michigan State University, Dr. Ulrich conducted postdoctoral research at Indiana University’s Department of Psychology and subsequently was appointed assistant then associate professor of Kinesiology at IU where she remained through 1998.

During her years at the University of Michigan she was also:

Throughout her 14-½ years at U-M, Dr. Ulrich maintained her externally funded research lab and mentored numerous doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Though retired from active faculty status, Dr. Ulrich is currently serving as the liaison for the School of Kinesiology and the U-M Hospital System’s new Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) program.