Zernicke to Step Down as Dean

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After serving as dean of U-M School of Kinesiology for more than six years, Dr. Ron Zernicke will be stepping down June 30. He will continue as a professor at the university.

A biomechanist with over 190 scholarly journal articles and 2 books published, Dr. Zernicke assumed the deanship in January 2010, while holding dual professorial appointments in U-M Biomedical Engineering and U-M Orthopaedic Surgery. Before coming to U-M, he taught and did research at the University of Calgary (1992-2010), and before that, at UCLA (1974-1991). He is currently principal investigator on a $1.5 million adidas grant, Human Performance and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.

His tenure at U-M Kinesiology is highlighted by the development and launch of the Health and Fitness major, recruitment of excellent new faculty, and interdisciplinary partnerships with the U-M Schools of Public Health and Social Work, Medical School, College of Engineering, and the Ross School of Business.

“I am proud of what the School is achieving because of the talents and dedication of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends,” he stated.

Dr. Zernicke will be succeeded as dean by Dr. Lori Ploutz-Snyder.

Ron and his wife, Kathy, will celebrate their forty-fifth wedding anniversary in August. They have twin children, Eric (Stacie) and Kristin (Nick).


Above: Dean Zernicke and family: daughter Kristin, wife Kathy, Dr. Zernicke, son Eric, and his wife, Stacie. Photo taken 4/8/16 at the Michigan Theater celebration.